"There is a small window – right now, and until full implementation – for the GOP to turn things around."
UPDATE 07/17/2015 : GOP... Sadly, are behaving typically, frightened to confront their (way off) base. Here's their latest fundraising stunt.
In light of this week's fait-accompli opinion from SCOTUS – an opinion, which ultimately conceded that Marriage Equality will become the law of the land soon enough – it is time to take stock.
National Marriage Equality is an inevitability. The protections, expressed and implicit, granted through the 14th Amendment are undeniable. Even this article from the Huffington Post quotes an activist as saying, "start your wedding plans now." Good advice, Ms. Activist. It is good advice that the GOP should heed, for the sake of its own future.
Back in July of last year, he made the calculation not to fight. We can't say for sure why he did not fight. But, losing that kind of battle would not have been good for him. Staying away from the fight showed that he was, at least seven months ago, still willing to pander to his base. But, keep in mind that staying away from the fight also kept him from having to take a position that would have killed his national prospects. He was the very definition of "on-the-fence"... seven months ago.
But things can change.
The irony here, of course, is that Mr. Christie or, for that matter, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), or Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), or Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), or Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL)… any one of them can be that referee who says, “now it’s time to stop.”
UPDATE 02/27/2015: So, Governor Jeb Bush, the one guy who has a number of advisors from the LGBT activist community and would hence be poised to become the change agent here... well, he just appeared at the annual (ultra conservative) CPAC conference today and blabbed on about "traditional marriage." I guess we'll have to keep waiting.
UPDATE 04/26/2015: And here, the New York Times version of this idea.
UPDATE 8/7/2015: Go, Governor John Kasich (R-OH)!
UPDATE 09/04/2015: First, good for a few GOP presidential candidates to stand up for the law. This includes Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and even Tronald Dump! (No word yet from Gov. Kasich, however.) The rest of candidates should be ashamed for prolonging this thing and helping to divide the nation via that grifter, Kim Davis. And, they can forget about 1600.
UPDATE 7/12/2016: And the GOP manage to blow it again...