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In a Blow to VA Conservatives, Hate Fades on the National Scene

The guy who happily used hate as a campaign tactic backs off a bit:

GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.

The statement from the former adviser to President George W. Bush appears to acknowledge that opposition to gay marriage has waned in some conservative circles.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced last week that he now supports gay marriage after learning one of his sons was gay.

Rove’s comment was part of a panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week.” He did not elaborate.

While the rapid pace of change has surprised even the most optimistic among us, the long game has never really been in question.  Alas, I’m pretty comfortable betting that, Virginia – a bastion of backwardness – will be among the last places to come around, when it comes to the law.  Remember, this is the place that fought interracial marriage all the way to the Supreme Court.

(And lost.)



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  1. I was watching “This Week” when Rove said that. And totally agree on where VA will end up.

  2. InvisibleHand

    This will be an interesting gubernatorial election coming up.

  3. tx2vadem

    Why so down on VA? I doubt VA will be the holdout it was in Loving v. Virginia. Maybe this is NoVA bias, but I like to imagine based on my few trips around the state that there is hope. I know there are gay folks in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. They have parents and friends, and that is it. Virginia is not the state it was in 1967 or so I hope anyway.

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