Congressional Democrats Will Suffer From Party Endorsement Of Gay Marriage

President Barack Obama already had come out in favor, and he'll be able to raise some money off it from LGBT donors. And it may help him marginally with independents, who now favor gay marriage, 51-40—although if cultural issues influenced their votes significantly, it's unlikely they'd be independents.

But although it's hard to figure how this momentum adds many votes—most gay marriage supporters already are in the Obama camp—it's not hard to see who is hurt by the move. The plank will be a headache for Democrats as they seek to maintain control of the Senate—particularly for those in tight races such as Tim Kaine in Virginia, Jon Tester in Montana, and Claire McCaskill in Missouri. It could be even worse in the House, where close to 70 seats are said to be up for grabs.

Some will say this was morally the right thing to do, regardless of the electoral consequences. Others will point out party platforms are like elevator music—there to be ignored. But if the purpose of a platform is to give candidates a base of ideas on which to run—and be identified—this move seems more politically correct than politically astute.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-08-03 16:00:00 -0400
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