Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued some words of advice for fellow GOPers: Get in the 21st century with same-sex-marriage issues.
â€œWe do have a platform, and we adhere to that platform,â€ Mr. Priebus said in a USA Today video. â€œBut it doesnâ€™t mean that we divide and subtract people from our partyâ€ who favor gay marriage.
â€œI donâ€™t believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics,â€ he said in the USA Today video. Rather, Republicans â€œhave to strike a balance between principle and grace and respect.â€
His statements come as the U.S. Supreme Court is due to hear two cases on gay marriage â€” one on a California-voted ban on same-sex marriage, and the other on the legalities of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans the federal government from giving marriage benefits to same-sex couples.
His statements also come at a time when politicians from both sides of the political aisle are renouncing their past objections to gay marriage. On the Republican side, Sen. Rob Portman â€“ an Ohio conservative with traditional values â€” just flipped on gay marriage, in part, he said, because of the recent revelations of homosexuality by one of his sons.
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