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Participants in the 2009 Equality March in Washington DC wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Capitol.
If the news that the millennial generation is more likely to identify as liberal didn't scare Republicans, this news, also from Pew Research, definitely should: A majority of young Republicans support marriage equality. As we know, the same cannot be said for older Republicans:
Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.
There's a 39-point gap between the marriage equality views of Republicans aged 18 to 29 and those 65 and older, compared with a 15-point gap between those age groups for Democrats.

Obviously, older Republicans are controlling the party's official stance on marriage equality as the issue is fought out in the courts and on the ballots. This means that a party struggling with demographic disadvantages for the future is also alienating its own younger voters. You'd think they'd be worried about that, but as always, Republican Party leaders just seem to be digging in.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM PDT.

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  •  "Republic Party leaders just seem to be digging in (7+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:45:31 AM PDT

  •  Thing is, if it were a problem for the party (2+ / 0-)
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    tuma, lostboyjim

    these Republican youth would be leaving the party.  Because they aren't, this isn't really ranking as much of an issue.  Those that are for marriage equality but still Republican are economic conservatives.  They'll still vote for Republicans, even if it hurts their friends in the short term.

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:25:22 AM PDT

    •  I'm inclined to agree. (0+ / 0-)

      If the GOP is the party of "I've got mine" then by default, they don't care if anyone else gets theirs, be it civil rights, equality, health care, etc.

    •  That is the issue...it's all for show (0+ / 0-)

      the young repugs will still vote repug irrespective. Remember gay republicans? You'd bet that no gay person can be republican...but there are thousands of them despite the bashing they get from the GOP everyday...Santorum even refers to them as "dogs"..."man-on-dog" anyone?.
      -But I bet you had he secured the norm, they'd have voted for him.
      -I remember there was this "prominent gay" fellow in OHIO running some pro-Romney website (don't have the time the time to track that down now)  and threatening to quit the nation should Obama win - despite the fact that Romney would not be seen with him in public.
      -talk of self immolation...
      -

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:10:30 PM PDT

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  •  Young Republicans are swinging their party left on (0+ / 0-)

    the social issues that have been at the heart of the difference between the parties.

    When they get around to doing so, on what grounds will Democrats differentiate themselves from Republicans?

  •  "digging in" their own graves! /nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  ???? (2+ / 0-)
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    US Blues, librarisingnsf

    The GOP has young voters?

  •  the "Immoral Majority" strikes again. (0+ / 0-)


    "Legalizing pot won't make more pot-smokers. It will just make fewer criminals. - Me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:50:07 AM PDT

  •  Same situation in Evangelical churches. (1+ / 0-)
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    CPT Doom

    How much it will matter in the long run is the question.

    Many were hopeful that when the 1960s liberals/radicals became the majority that the country would change.  

    Mostly hasn't worked out that way.  People tend to get co-opted.

    Then there's situations like the Roman Catholic Church and birth control.  The Pope condemned it in 1968.  I don't think polling was done for many years, but from what I can tell fairly quickly most Catholics ignored the Church's position.  I don't see much movement after 45 years to change the position, and while I won't be around in 45 years to see it, I'd not be surprised to find that position unchanged in 2058.

    •  60s liberals were "hippies" (1+ / 0-)
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      I think a lot of the reason for the shift right in the 1980s was that much of the liberal/progressive movement was characterized by the far left. It was easy for those who wanted to stop or turn back the progressive movement to color all liberals with the hippies, freaks, weirdos and main-hating lesbians, and the Democrats really didn't respond correctly. Quite frankly, the hold the Democrats had on the House and Senate probably made them complacent in the strength of their political coalition.

      The situation is almost completely reversed now, with progressive social issues being pushed with a far more mainstream argument (and that's because the conservative economic system has hurt nearly everyone who can't build an elevator in their garage), and the move to marriage equality is probably the least "hippie" argument you can make (for the record, the first gay couple to fight for their marriage rights - 40 years ago - is still together, still married and now retired). Today's conservatives seem to be as concerned about holding their own political coalition together - and not expanding it - as the Dems were 30 years ago.

      The question is, will the children of today's conservatives be as embarrassed as the Alex P. Keatons of the 80s were about their liberal parents? And will that change the political tone of the country?

      Cruelty might be very human, and it might be very cultural, but it's not acceptable.- Jodie Foster

      by CPT Doom on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 12:13:08 PM PDT

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      •  As someone who was somewhere in the range (1+ / 0-)
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        of hippie to fellow traveler, the hippies were mostly young kids trying new things, which is what young kids have done probably forever.

        I remember being around when fellow students at my school took over the road in front of the university during the protests following the Kent State killings.  The next day some kids about my age arrived in a bus and announced they were part of the "People's Park" movement (sort of a precursor to environmental groups today).  They were going to turn the road into a park.  A half hour work with a pick showed the difficulty of using that tool to remove a roadway.

        Of course, it was so much easier to get politically involved back then, at least for guys, since the odds were high that your own ass might wind up in Vietnam.  Made things a whole lot less abstract.

        I guess I'm not so much disagreeing with you as reminiscing, a common ailment associated with aging.  

        About the only other point I'd make is that dividing a country between two political parties creates inherently unstable coalitions.  Back then it was the Democrats, trying to unite liberals, blue collar workers, minorities and Dixiecrats.  

        Today it's Republicans trying to unite religious conservatives, economic conservatives and Tea Party folks.  Not that having more than two political parties, common in most democracies, has proved to be clearly better at governance.

  •  GOP 50 and older (1+ / 0-)
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    Didn't eat enough clean hits in college, that would have prevented fossilization of their belief systems and neural pathways.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 12:01:53 PM PDT

  •  So did Kim Jong Un beat the spread for his (0+ / 0-)

    electoral win?

  •  I don't know how much this makes (1+ / 0-)
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    a difference.  I know plenty of under 30 yr old republicans.  Most think all people should have marriage equality, have gay friends, and think we should all have equal rights.  However, they will always vote GOP because they promise to lower their taxes.  Nothing else matters.

    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around..."

    by cgvjelly on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 12:57:25 PM PDT

  •  Many of those young voters (0+ / 0-)

    are like the Democrat younger voters -- they don't have the voting habits down pat yet. So, if all they hear is a drumbeat about social issues -- abortion/contraception, gay rights, etc. -- they'll be more likely to sit out the election. Lower turnout by Republicans can be a net win for Democrats if we get our folks to the polls.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:32:10 PM PDT

  •  They have young voters? NT (0+ / 0-)

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