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-- regardless of how the Supreme Court rules or dies and neither these cases there's still the question on -- same sex marriage will surface.
As an issue for future candidates for both political parties.
And next year's midterm elections could be the first big test you may already expect many Democrats expect expressed some support for same sex marriage.
Over the last several years there's been a growing trend though among young Republicans to support it as well in fact that's numbers to show you on that in 2008 Republicans under thirty.
Oppose same sex marriage I 71% 23%.
A poll among that same age group for years later.
She is a bit of a change 39% favored same sex marriage.
While 54% did not.
Fox News contributor Karl Rove -- former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
Bush knows the numbers well.
Better Karl let's talk a little bit about this issue for the GOP.
Is it -- deeply philosophical.
That the party is tackling internally or is -- a deeply generational issue that is bigger.
Well I think it's -- You you pointed out that young younger Republicans have changed their attitudes about this if you if you -- compare that across all age groups.
Younger voters have had -- more dramatic change in their opinions on this within the Republican Party and in the broader electorate.
And and and and that's particularly significant given last fall's elections if you look at all of the age groups.
And their movement between 2008 and it -- 2012.
The group that moved most away from Barack Obama -- into the Republican presidential camp.
We're -- deals ages eighteen to 29.
By one measure about 11% of them shifted from supporting Obama -- -- way to supporting Romney and twelve.
Another major 13% chose the largest age swing and is the more younger voters -- you have in the Republican Party.
The more likely the yard to have welcoming attitudes towards gay -- being mentioned.
Vote that there are people that are concerned about the party principles as well walk us through that and how how are different factions inside the party navigating.
This issue of principle.
And the social issue when it comes to -- -- You know.
Well a lot of Republicans most Republicans are and traditional social conservative -- -- maybe economic conservatives.
First and foremost but they have traditional social values and believes that.
Marriage is a union between one man and one woman there are a lot of you know libertarians inside the Republican Party some of whom.
To extend their libertarian views to marriage some of them do not -- But look the fact the matter is that our country as a whole has become more welcoming of gay marriage you look at all these polls over the last ten or fifteen years initial movement in this direction.
And if it that affects the broader culture it's -- -- attitudes within the Republican artist.
Have a little bit more about that streak of libertarian -- them.
And -- and how that merges with the modern GOP if it does at all.
You know there have been some have argued Karl that the way that the GOP should tackle social issues like gay marriage like abortion.
Like health care.
Is to -- that social issues are really local issues.
Download big government where -- with that is that a winning argument for the GOP do you see that is the way the GOP is going.
Well did it did this say that this issue ought to be left up to the states is is is a legitimate position a lot of people.
Fall around that.
Governor Jeb Bush of Florida senator Marco Rubio Florida senator Rand Paul of Kentucky all of have that sort of attitude that it ought to be left up to the states.
-- look this there's going to be attention I'm -- so you know I'm I'm I'm a believer in the traditional definition of marriage are recognized.
That that a lot of my.
Fellow Republicans don't accept that I think one of the most important things is going to be inside the party.
Is that tolerance to forbearance the Republicans -- -- side of this issue have towards each other we've seen people like Vice President Dick Cheney.
-- mounts for gay marriage Jon Huntsman who ran for president 2012 supported civil unions has since come out for gay marriage.
Rob Portman senator from Ohio wrote a very thoughtful very.
Poignant personal essay about.
Shifting his views on gay marriage given the fact that his son is is.
Declared his parents he's -- so I I and I understand.
They're different attitudes about this -- the key things for the Republican party's going to be to maintain.
Sort of its equilibrium and not allow this issue to two.
Deeply divides -- the party war against itself do you think there's a chance of that happening regardless I don't Supreme Court rules.
I don't think so I think we're Republicans on both sides of this issue.
Have a healthy respect for for those who may not agree with them inside the party at least has been my experience that's for -- to speech as always thank you can bet.
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