We knew this was coming, and finally it has.
Ever since it was ok to murder a woman for bumping hips with a guy before her wedding night, social standards have moved slowly, but steadily, toward liberty and equality. Essentially, we’ve slowly ditched dogma for empathy. The political party of resistance to this trend has been the Republicans. But as this last election showed, the social trend is continuing, so if the GOP wants to stay relevant it will need to become more moderate. The problem is that they handed the reins to the Tea Party a few years back and, well, they’re pretty much too dumb to accept anything other than ideological purity. They’re apparently banking on god to answer prayers for the first time in ever rather than on the strategy of aligning their policies with what people actually want. So there’s a schism in the GOP between the people who want to remain political players and the people who think all the polls that say people largely support things like gay marriage and abortion are fabrications of Lucifer.
How are the less loopy Republicans to resolve this? If they keep holding hands with the Tea Party, they lose elections. If they say “sorry, you guys are political poison” then the Tea Party maintains its ideological purity and runs independents, splitting the Republican vote and, again, the GOP loses. That’s why this day has been coming for a long time: a group of Republicans have signed a brief in support of gay marriage.
Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
Suddenly I see fewer pitchforks and torches on my lawn. They seem to be charging over the local GOP headquarters. I’d better go make some popcorn.