According to new surveys, Republicans are becoming more open to marriage equality and civil unions.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday found that 49 percent of the delegates to the Republican convention support allowing same-sex marriages or civil unions. Prior to these results, a similar CNN/Opinion Research Poll – conducted in May – found that nearly half of delegates surveyed supported either same-sex marriages or civil union. Twenty-four percent supported same-sex marriages, while 27 percent backed civil unions. Forty-three percent backed neither option.
- “I don’t believe in gay adoption.”
- “I believe that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is working in the military.”
- He voted against adding sexual orientation to federal hate crimes legislation in 2000, 2002 and 2004.
- And he voted against extending the Civil Rights Act to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation.