Republicans retreat on gay marriage


Just a few years ago, House Republicans were trying to etch their opposition of gay marriage into the Constitution.

Now? They’re almost silent.

It’s been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and
strategy for Republicans, as they’ve come nearly full circle on same-sex
politics. What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file
Republicans — the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor
speeches — is virtually a dead issue, as Republicans in Congress don’t
care to have gay marriage litigated in the Capitol.

Even more than that, Republican leadership has evolved, too. It has
quietly worked behind the scenes to kill amendments that reaffirm
opposition to same-sex unions, several sources told POLITICO.