Meet the Press   |  March 24, 2013

The politics of gay marriage: When will GOP change?

A Meet the Press panel of experts talks about the future of the gay marriage debate in the GOP and how support for the issue will or won’t evolve among Republicans.

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>>> we're back with our roundtable. i want to ask you about the politics. we saw hillary clinton preparing herself for the run coming out public publicly in support of gay marriage this week. when does the political calculus change?

>> i don't think it will change. if you look at the exit polls that i alluded to earlier, three-quarters of obama voters said that they were for same sex marriage. three-quarters of romney voters said they were not. so there are people in the democratic party who, you know, support traditional marriage . i thought it was really interesting, by the way, this week. i thought it was politico went to a lot of the red state democratic senators on the ballot in 2014 . people like mark prior of arkansas and others, mary landrieu in louisiana. they haven't changed their position. and i still think the republican party is going to remain a pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-life party. i don't think that will change. and if it does, by the way, i think the big tent will become a pup tent . if you look at the data, 44% of all the votes mitt romney got last november were from self-identified evangelicals.

>> romney's data analyst suggests that republicans and independents who voted for the president who, by the way won, actually overwhelmingly support marriage equality and so this is a growing issue for republicans and independents. you know, again, i think the point david boies made is so fundamental which is the constitution either protects all americans and all families or it doesn't and politicians have never had the spine on personal issues. that's what the courts are for, protect the spine of america.