Repubs Cave to Conservatives, Affirm Opposition to Marriage Equality

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on April 12 2013 11:50 PM ET

Even as the public warms to the idea of national marriage equality, the Grand Old Party is digging in its heels and reaffirming its opposition to it.

At their spring meeting in Los Angeles, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to affirm their opposition to marriage equality, as well as adding an addendum asking the Supreme Court to uphold Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. To add insult to injury, the party's chairman, Reince Priebus, said Lady Gaga won't be "chairing our platform committee."

While two Republican senators — Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois — recently endorsed marriage equality, they are clearly the exception to their party's rule. Social conservatives, including Tony Perkins of the antigay Family Research Council told their members to pull funding from the RNC if the party endorses marriage equality.

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