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February 27, 2013

Another prominent Republican favors gay marriage

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There are special benefits to married couples that are not given to gay couples. Government is providing a set of benefits to one group of people, but another group does not qualify.

MP: Still, this is not a subject where Republican activists will agree to disagree.  Can the two sides be brought together?

PA: The gist of my message is that the Republican Party is divided on this issue. There are social conservatives very much opposed to gay marriage. But, there are also a lot of Republican activists who, if you ask them, say they don’t care about the issue. So, my answer is if you don’t care, why are you limiting freedom?

MP: You advocate that Republicans drop opposition to gay marriage. Should this extend to the party’s opposition to abortion?

PA: The abortion issue is certainly a social issue, but it is also about when you believe life begins. Most Republicans are pro-life and frankly, as modern medicine gets better and better, babies are surviving at younger and younger ages. The abortion issue if very different from other issues.

MP: Is there a political argument to be made to support gay marriage?

PA: I think gay marriage is inevitable because of the position of the younger generation, and it’s just a matter of when. And the longer we as party fight the issue, the smaller we are going to become.

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