A GOP pollster sent out a memo arguing for the Republican party to change its stance on gay marriage at the same time that two of the party's more high profile members made sure to position themselves against it after the President's big week.
An email from Jan van Lohuizen, a GOP pollster who worked on George Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, has made the rounds on the blogs today for arguing that Republicans have to change their stance on gay marriage. Lohuizen uses recent polling data to make his case that, while Democrats support gay marriage more than Republicans, the younger members of the party are becoming more tolerant. Support for gay marriage, "has grown at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down." Obviously this is a response to President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage earlier this week. Lohuizen even offered a sample quote for a Republican party member to use when coming out in support of gay marriage.
Some of the top Republican officials who probably received the email have already made comments to align themselves with the more traditional, predictably Republican stance against gay marriage. Mitt Romney clarified where he stands during his Liberty University commencement speech on Saturday (the same speech he used to clarify his opinion on Chik-Fil-A). He didn't focus on the issue during his speech, but made sure to get his message across loud and clear for the crowd when he said, "Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman." Liberty University is a Christian university, and the speech was Romney's big coming out party for the Evangelical Christian crowd of the Republican party. Traditional thinking puts Liberty as the last likely place for Mitt to offer a progressive stance on gay marriage.