Manchester, NH - In a recent interview with the Nashua Telegraph, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith spoke out against the state's popular marriage law. The Telegraph reports:
"As the former head of Cornerstone Action, Smith led the campaign in 2010 to elect more social conservatives to try and repeal the same-sex marriage law. Last spring, the effort to repeal the law failed before the Republican-dominated House of Representatives."
Smith confirmed he would sign a bill to repeal same-sex marriage if elected governor. New Hampshire's freedom to marry law is over three years old and has resulted in new marriages for over 4,000 gay and lesbian New Hampshire residents.
Sean Owen, Chairman of New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality responded to his comments. "A good governor needs to listen to the people of New Hampshire, and they have said in every single poll for over two years that they support the current law as it is. And that support is only growing. It's time for Kevin Smith to move on to other issues."
Owen added, "The Republican Party is moving forward and proving that we stand for freedom for everyone. If Kevin Smith truly wants to make our state friendly to business and young people, then he should begin by recognizing we won't achieve that by taking away rights from our gay and lesbian family members, friends, and neighbors."
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When Democrats announced that their 2012 platform would include a historic first - gay marriage written in as a plank - the reaction from mainstream Republicans was near silence.
There were no statements blasted out from Mitt Romney's campaign. The same was true for the Republican National Committee. Romney has yet to address the fact.
The pushback came largely from social conservatives and evangelicals, who pledged to make same-sex unions an issue going forward and insisted the stand will hurt Democrats.
But the comparative quiet from party leaders would have been unimaginable even four years ago, when public opinion hadn't yet shifted so rapidly on a signature social issue. And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.
"Most Republican Party leaders seem to have lost the stomach for this fight," said Dan Schnur of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. "Some of that results (from) the number of large-scale donors who support same-sex marriage, some of it's a result in an increasing number of party leaders who support same-sex marriage, and a lot of it is public opinion polling which shows a shift in the way voters feel about same-sex marriage," he added...