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Poll: Republicans Warming to Gay Candidates, Less Okay With Gay Kids or Same-Sex Marriage

A new poll released Friday shows that while the Republican Party is warming up to the idea of openly gay candidates, members are still strongly opposed to same-sex marriage and most would be upset if one of their children came out as gay. 

The Washington Post reports:

Gopnew poll from McClatchy and Marist College shows that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate, and 59 percent say they prefer that states decide same-sex marriage rather than the federal government -- a stance that effectively is allowing such unions to take hold across the country.

At the same time, a strong majority of Republicans still personally oppose same-sex marriage (63 percent), and a similar proportion remains concerned about these issues directly affecting their family. In fact, six in 10 say they would be upset if one of their children were gay. Thirty-seven percent say they would be upset if their child told them that he or she was gay, while 23 percent say they would be "very upset." One-quarter of Republicans say they would not be upset at all.

Three in 10 Democrats and independents said they would be upset. 

The Washington Post adds that a 1985 poll for the Los Angeles Times "showed that 89 percent of Americans said they would be upset -- including 64 percent being "very upset" -- today, 35 percent say they would be upset, and only 12 percent say "very upset." 

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  1. Less ok with gay kids? How freaking awsome this attitude should be to gay kids? So, you repugs who are less ok, are contributing directly to gay teens depression and certainly worse outcomes of incitement of violence against them or self-loathing enough to take their own lives. You should be ashamed to call yourselves human beings. It is you who need fixing or incarcerated for crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 18, 2014 11:59:37 AM


  2. I don't have any kids, but if I did and one of them came out as a Repub, I'd be very, very upset.

    Posted by: B | Aug 18, 2014 12:11:13 PM


  3. Tea Party inside gop will keep the party in the right wing and no gays will get any nominations anywhere and the party will not win.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 18, 2014 12:12:18 PM


  4. Any answer other than "I am completely supportive of my child" is unacceptable parenting.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | Aug 18, 2014 12:19:05 PM


  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R6jqMysHaA

    and this is what so many of their kids turn into - insecure, self-hating losers who "hate other gays" because their parents resent having a gay son.

    Republicans who don't want to have gay kids end up either losing their children to suicide, or the kids flee (and BLESS all of you who did!) - or their sons turn into either GOProud Eunuchs, or anonymous internet trolls.

    remember Rob Portman? Senator who, two years after his son came out (and AFTER Romney failed the election...), decided to publicly support marriage equality. and was praised.

    but let's isolate that for a second: he gets praise for doing...what any liberal father just DOES, without asking expecting or WANTING praise - he loves his son and supports his son and believes his son should be treated with equality and respect.

    is that applause worth? only for a republican. "you DON'T hate your gay child and think they're a sinful abomination!? WOW! you're so amazing!"

    No. You're almost a decent human being. That's all. you're ALMOST decent.

    this is not news. look at this site's resident trolls - republican raised, the lot of them.

    being upset that your child is gay is like being upset at your child's height. "well, we'd just be prouder of him and less ashamed if he was at least 6 feet tall. but we'll learn to tolerate him, i guess. if we have to. but let's try to not let the neighbours know he's only 5'9". maybe we can buy lifts in his shoes so he can Pass...."


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 18, 2014 12:19:23 PM


  6. to add - Rob Portman: in interviews, talks about how much harder his political journey is going to be now that he's publicly supported gay folks' right to marry.

    think about that, for a few minutes.

    "Well, my political career sure is gonna be harder now that i've publicly supported my son."

    NOT - "Well, I know realize how much harder my son's life has been, and will continue to be, due to my own promotions of anti-gay ideology, and my continued support of a party and its anti-gay policies. Sure, i think my son should be allowed to marry. But not enough to actually make that issue a concern of mine when it comes to voting. I'll support candidates that promote the idea that my son is a worthless sinful deviant who will destroy america. why? well, i'm a republican. and being a republican is one of the many things i love more than my own son"


    pretty much.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 18, 2014 12:26:08 PM


  7. "Upset"

    I wish some straight people would just get the f*ck over themselves. Them being "upset" causes gay people to lose jobs, homes, get beaten, killed and legally marginalized.

    Posted by: Demsbaby | Aug 18, 2014 12:36:46 PM


  8. I'd like to know how many gay people are disappointed by having parents and family members who remain Republican.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 18, 2014 12:43:20 PM


  9. ..well they couldn't Pay me to vote GOP ..ever!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Aug 18, 2014 12:54:34 PM


  10. LITTLE KIWI: Rick's parents must be republican. It explains so much.

    Posted by: MATTROCKS | Aug 18, 2014 2:08:08 PM


  11. well said B!!!!! :-)

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 18, 2014 2:12:55 PM


  12. "A new poll... shows that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate..." That is, they would be no less likely to support a gay candidate who supports the hard right-wing agenda dominating the Republican Party, including all the homophobia and anti-gay policies and rhetoric, for adhering to the right-wing agenda equals "well-qualified." And the 68-percenters would then use their support of a gay candidate to proclaim how they are not homophobic. I'm not impressed.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Aug 18, 2014 3:25:56 PM


  13. " 59 percent say they prefer that states decide same-sex marriage rather than the federal government -- a stance that effectively is allowing such unions to take hold across the country."--Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the stance that the FEDERAL government, not states, should decide marriage rights thats "effectively allowing such unions to take hold across the country? After all, isn't it the federal courts that are finding these bans to be unconstitutional?

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Aug 18, 2014 5:41:16 PM


  14. @ TOTHEPOINT (8/18 11:59:37 AM)

    So good it needs to be repeated ---

    " Less ok with gay kids? How freaking awsome this attitude should be to gay kids? So, you repugs who are less ok, are contributing directly to gay teens depression and certainly worse outcomes of incitement of violence against them or self-loathing enough to take their own lives. "

    Posted by: Billysees | Aug 19, 2014 2:06:52 AM


  15. Seriously who cares.

    We do not live in a democracy. Whether the Democrats or Republicans get in is utterly irrelevant as they are working for corporations.

    Voting is an utter waste of time until the corporations have been removed from politics.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 19, 2014 3:58:36 AM


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