There is a very wealthy Republican by the name of Paul Singer who has donated nearly $10 million to gay-rights initiatives in three states. Now he’s helping to finance a super PAC called American Unity PAC with his billions. Their goal is to get GOP candidates to support marriage equality.
Welcome to our world.
Now, Singer says, he’s providing $1 million to start a new “super PAC” with several Republican compatriots. Named American Unity PAC, its sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage, in part by helping them to feel financially shielded from any blowback from well-funded groups that oppose it.
Being motivated by fear is par for the course for Republicans, so blowbackaphobia is enough to prod many a rightie to acquire a taste for rainbow-hued wedding cake.
Singer is straight, but he has a gay son and son-in-law who were married in 2004 in one of Willard Romney’s home states, Massachusetts. Kudos to him for his efforts, regardless on whose side he’s on.
Per the Times, there is “a growing awareness among prominent Republicans that embracing marriage equality could broaden the party’s base and soften the party’s image in crucial ways.” Apparently they finally noticed the polls that show that more Americans are just dandy with men marrying men and women marrying women. Or to put it another way, Republicans looked at the calendar and were jolted into the reality that it isn’t the 19th century any more.