Karl RovePerhaps it began with Sen. Rob Portman’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, a decision influenced and inspired by his son, who the senator revealed was gay over a week ago or maybe it has something to do with the shifting attitudes of American voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Whatever the case, Republican strategist Karl Rove said in a remark to ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he could imagine the 2016 Republican presidential candidate being a supporter of marriage equality.

As Portman was the first Republican in the U.S. Senate to come out in support of same-sex marriage, Rove believes other Republican’s aren’t far behind.  In fact he predicted the shift.  One potential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky believes in the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman but feels the Defense of Marriage Act is unnecessary and believes each individual state should determine their own marriage laws.

Rand said on “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t want “the government promoting something” he doesn’t believe in and also “don’t mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue.”

Rove echoes Rand’s belief that marriage laws should be left up to individual states and predicts that will be the direction the Supreme Court will vote.

“What we may see is a decision here that, in essence, is not a 5-4 decision, but a 6-3, 7-2 [decision] that says leave it up to the states.  In fact, we could see an 8-1.”

If it is left up to individual states, it will be important to have Republican support.  Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro feels there is a shift in the Republican party.  The evolution, although a small change is evident.  She told CNN:

“People who maybe a few years ago were saying, ‘Hell, no, we won’t go there,’ are now saying it should be states’ rights.  They are talking about it in a different way.  The people who are talking in a very strident way are now a minority.”

There is still strong opposition of marriage equality within the Republican Party, but some are starting to lessen their stance and views are starting to shift which could be a big factor in the 2016 GOP candidate’s chances of winning office.


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