There are a number of people who are asking whether or not Republicans are supporters of same-sex weddings. They want to know this because they want to see who they should give their support to. By identifying this, people get a chance to know who their true leaders are. While many Republicans oppose the stand on gay marriages, there are some who disagree. This is why the recent legalization of the bill on same-sex marriages in New York was passed.
Back in 2009, the bill first emerged in the New York State Senate, facing a chamber controlled by Democratic leaders. Unfortunately, they were unable to gather enough votes to pass the bill. Moreover, the entire Republican party opposed the passing of the bill.
It was only recently when plans to pass the bill re-opened and surfaced in senate once more. Fortunately, there were four Republicans who joined the 29 Democrats who wanted to approve same-sex marriages in New York. This gave them enough votes, and the bill was finally passed. New York has joined the roster of US states that have legalized gay weddings.
After that victorious turn of events, the next weeks were followed by a number of boycotts and personal attacks, particularly on Republicans whom all voted against legalizing the bill in 2009. Sadly, they also vowed that they would oppose same-sex marriage during their campaigns.
Today, gay rights advocates have turned their full attention to Maryland, which is now ‘on the verge’ of being the next state to legalize same-sex marriages. Will the Republicans do another surprise attack? Or will they have a change of heart this time around? Considering many of them have their own opinions about marriage equality, we may be lucky this time too. Unless they are afraid to separate from party orthodoxy, then we can only hope the best for Maryland as it tries to pass the bill.