Have they finally come to their senses? Are Republicans abandoning the culture wars in favor of their corporate masters' bidding? After all, most Fortune 500 companies now support LGBT workers.
...A week after New York became the biggest state to legalize gay marriage, Capitol Hill is all but silent on the topic. Using the power of the federal government to ban gay marriage was all the rage in Republican circles from the mid-1990s right up through the 2006 midterm elections. But Republicans, more focused on spending, taxes and economic issues, are no longer anxious to tangle over spousal rights for same-sex couples.
"The only person who ever asks me about it is, I think, the media," said freshman Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). "When you got the highest unemployment, highest foreclosures and highest bankruptcy, social issues right now take a back seat to putting food on the table."
The shift in emphasis to economic issues, the departure of iconic GOP cultural warriors such as Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), and poll results showing the American public has become more comfortable with same-sex unions have all combined to push the matter off the congressional plate.
There's simply no percentage in making it a top priority -- or even an item on the agenda -- many Republicans say.
While this might be happening at the federal level, it's important to point out the huge gaps between what's acceptable in that far-off land called Washington and the more local state and city politicians who still cling to bigotry and division as an election tactic.
Don't forget that in Indiana, the Democrat Minority Leader (and former Speaker of the House) voted in favor of a marriage discrimination amendment, while in North Carolina the Democrat-In-Charge is denigrating gay relationships and advocating for an amendment. Oh, Democrats. They never tire of out-righting the right wingers in a desperate attempt to woo voters who will never vote for them in the first place.