Millennial Republicans See Risk For Party In Gay Marriage Response

Millennial Republicans are urging GOP leaders to adopt an inclusive tone on gay marriage following last week's Supreme Court ruling.

They argue that combative rhetoric risks alienating a new generation of voters who could abandon Republican candidates over the issue.

Polling indicates the economy remains the most important issue on millennials minds. Republicans argue that young people leaving college and struggling to find jobs in a slow economic recovery will warm to their party’s message.

Polls show millennials are likely to favor gay marriage regardless of their political party.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 34 back gay marriage, according to a Project Right Side and American Unity Fund poll last month. That's 4 percentage points higher than the 57 percent support among all voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.19 percentage points.

GOP strategists and pundits are calling on their candidates to be careful with the issue.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said he doesn’t expect “the 2016 Republican presidential nominee to be at a San Francisco gay pride parade.”

Still, he argued candidates should consider the views of millennial voters on gay rights seriously as they calibrate their positions.

Read more from Kevin Cirilli at The Hill

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