The RNC Is This Much More Opposed to Gay Marriage Than Actual Republicans

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In at least one demographic, there is unanimity on same-sex marriage: members of the Republican National Committee. As you might expect, they're opposed. Officially.

At the organization's Spring Meeting, held this week in Los Angeles, the 168-member body approved the following resolution, as reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (and apparently viewable here):

Resolved the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America, and further:

Resolved the Republican National Committee implores the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

According to Politico's James Hohmann, there was no dissent during the vote this afternoon.

A poll released by NBC today indicates just how unusual this opposition is.

Fifty-three percent of respondents favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, which is up 2 points since the NBC/WSJ survey last asked this question in December, though that increase is within the poll’s margin of error.

Forty-two percent oppose gay marriage – also up 2 points since late last year.

By party, 73 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents back gay marriage, while 66 percent of Republicans oppose it.

Thirty-three percent — the percent of Republicans who support gay marriage — of 168 is about 55 people. But in Los Angeles, the percent of opposition was 100.

That poll also suggested ways in which attitudes toward gay relationships were changing. Significantly more Americans believe homosexuality is a function of birth, not choice, compared to a poll in 1998.

Nearly four-fifths of Americans indicate that they know someone who is gay, either as a friend, a co-worker, or in their family — a solid indicator of a predilection to support gay marriage.

And, in a blow to proponents of state-level determination of gay marriage rules, the majority of Americans think the issue should be settled nationally.

Resolutions like the one passed today are just that — symbolic demonstrations of opinion. They don't constrain the party to policy positions. But for an organization that's expressed a newfound insistence on its public message — the message here is clear.

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