Flake calls a GOP presidential candidate endorsing same-sex marriage ‘inevitable’
March 31st, 2013
04:18 PM ET
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Flake calls a GOP presidential candidate endorsing same-sex marriage ‘inevitable’

(CNN) - Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Sunday that it is certain that a presidential candidate from the Republican Party will endorse same-sex marriage.

Asked whether he could support a Republican presidential candidate someday who supported same-sex marriage on NBC's "Meet the Press," he replied, "I think that's inevitable. There will be one, and that I think he'll receive Republican support, or she will. I think that … the answer is yes."

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But Flake suggested that he will not be that candidate.

"I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. I still hold to the traditional definition of marriage," he said.

Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential candidate, stated his opposition to same-sex marriage but said states could extend some rights to same-sex partners.

Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Romney's campaign, noted the GOP "platform right now calls for a federal constitutional amendment to ban" same-sex marriage.

"There may be a debate about that," he said, adding, "I don't think you would ever see the Republican Party platform saying we are in favor of same sex marriage."

The party, he said on "Fox News Sunday," has not been effective in communicating its position on the issue.

"I do think that in the context of this debate, as in so many other debates, Republicans have been cast in the negative … to say we are opposing something, as opposed to talking about what most Republicans are for," he said. “Most Republicans are also for the benefits of marriage in the legal system that are afforded, the protections like, for example, … hospital visitation rights or survivorship benefits, and I think you will hear more Republicans making that point, that we can do those things without having the government sanction same-sex marriage."

Support for same-sex marriage is significantly higher in the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. The mid-March CNN/ORC poll found that 70% of Democrats supported same sex-marriage and 25% of Republicans supported the same. Among independents, 55% supported same-sex marriage.

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  1. Jerubbaal

    For all those who use the Bible to oppose gay marriage it is an abomination to God, just as divorce, neglecting the poor,and self righteousness. Jesus stated Moses svffered divorce due to the hardness of man's heart, he chastized the rich and Pharisees for neglecting the poor, and he admonished the so called religious by stating I require mercy not sacrifice, now go and see what that means. Those who are well are not in need of a physician but those who are sick. He came to call sinners to repentance not the righteous. For His judgement alone is righteous. Why notice the speck in your eye when you have a plank in your own eye. Look it up.

    April 1, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. rs


    So unbelievably tired of the gay agenda being forced upon society. It is like agent orange – seemingly harmless and beneficial but in the long run incredibly dangerous and harmful. Does anyone even read or believe the Bible anymore? 6000 years of truth are really going to be erased by 10 years of falsehood and agenda?
    And this has what to do with the Constitution of the United States and civil rights for all?

    April 1, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. ghostriter

    All you bible thumpers have it wrong. Shocker. In Go'ds eyes, no sin is worse than another. Sin is sin. To look more harshly upon one than other is wrong. And very unchristian-like.

    April 1, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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