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Published March 30, 2013 by Tjchase

Conservative GOP congressman comes out for gay marriage

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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.


U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is the latest Republican to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Although Amash had said as recently as 2010 that hethought DOMA is worth defending, he told listeners during a speech in Grand Rapids this week that he opposed the 1996 law banning federal recognition of marriage equality.

“I don’t want the government deciding who has a legitimate baptism, who has a legitimate communion, who’s involved in other personal relationships we have,” Amash said. “I want the government out of it.”

Today, in a twitter exchange with The Huffington Post, the conservative congressman tweeted, “Real threat to traditional marriage & religious liberty is government, not gay couples who love each other & want to spend lives together.”

Amash is joining a groundswell of support for marriage equality among elected officials. Only nine Democratic senators now oppose same-sex marriage and at least one GOP senator, Rob Portman of Ohio, backs the idea. Portman has an out gay son.

Speaking March 24 on ABC’s “This Week,” Karl Rove acknowledged “I could” see a Republican candidate for president in 2016 endorsing legal marriage for gays and lesbians.

Rove was a leading architect of the Bush-era voter referenda on state ballots to ban same-sex marriage. His goal was to boost turnout among right-wing evangelical Christian voters by appealing to their bigotry.



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