Despite his vocal opposition to gay equality in the past, Romney has been conspicuously silent on the issue – which has Maggie Gallagher harrumphy:
Social conservatives are absent from this election. Their money isn’t being used in any visible way to organize voters. If Romney loses, this will be part of the reason why. If Romney wins — and I think he will — look for an intense effort to finally push social issues out of the party.
Libertarian David Boaz would be part of that push:
15 to 20 percent of the voters hold broadly libertarian views, conservative on economic issues and liberal on social issues. They usually vote Republican, if the Republicans emphasize fiscal issues and soft-pedal social conservatism. Republicans are starting to notice that. And they know that, even as support for marriage equality is just flirting with 50 percent, two-thirds of young voters support it. Campaigning against gay marriage is a good way to make the Democratic advantage among young people permanent.
I’m hoping for four victories for marriage equality tonight; but the first popular electoral victory in an initiative would be a watershed moment.
(Video via Murray Waas)