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#VVS11: 5 of 7 GOP candidates blasted marriage equality, despite 7 of 7 gay couples bothering them not

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-10-10 At 10.23.18 AmOf the seven GOP presidential candidates who spoke at this weekend's Value Voters Summit, Gov. Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul (both of TX) are the only two who didn't give explicit mention to banning marriage equality for same-sex couples (transcripts here). A particularly interesting factoid, considering Paul went on win the event's straw poll, despite (because of?) his lack of focus on this key social conservative "war."

Of course in our more perfect future, it'll be newsworthy only if a potential White House occupant dares to slight a citizen's life and love by pushing taxpayer-funded discrimination. But for now, we get five Republican frontrunners who do still seek both applause and votes by attacking certain kinds of families, and two who don't for reasons only they and their speechwriters know (make no mistake-- both are against marriage equality/for DOMA). For now we still get division from social cons, even when social consciousness shows us an easy way to peace.

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