Rob Portman has had a change of heart on gay, or, same sex marriage. Ohio Governor Kashich apparently told a reporter that he thought "civil unions" were a good idea, but then said he was against "gay marriage". Hillary has changed her tune and as the GOP struggles to define itself one has to wonder where marriage stands.
Rand Paul has said that he doesn't understand any kind of marriage except that between a man and a woman. George Will this week said that republicans should be worried when the Defense of Marriage Act comes up for consideration next week because the court is likely to take a very conservative approach to the issue and strike it down. Say what?
According to George Will the issue of marriage is a state issue and the Supreme Court has already thusly ruled. Will says that a strict constructionist will find no room for the federal government to regulate what has traditionally been a state issue.
This squares with Rand Paul's view regarding federalism.
So what then will be the deal in Kentucky?
Of course Kentucky voted upon and passed a Constitutional Amendment in 2004 that prohibits same-sex marriages by any name. So even if the DOMA is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, unless the holding goes far beyond the federalism question, things in Kentucky are not likely to change.
There is one chance though that Kentucky's definition of marriage might have to give way to that of other states and that would be through the application of the "full faith and credit clause" contained in Article 4 of the US Constitution.
But what of the GOP, how will it deal with the marriage issue? Will it's scramble to broaden its base in such a way as to create an atmosphere in which support for some sort of "civil-union" or "gay marriage" language might alter the official platform?
It sure seems like there are a number of surprises on the horizon in so far as the face and direction of the Republican Party is concerned and with a liberty candidate from Kentucky leading the pack toward the White House in 2016, well, you just never know what kind of relationship might develop between the GOP and LGBT, and some sort of marriage there is not out of the question.