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Operation Push Back

Nov 26, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 11 • By FRED BARNES
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On same-sex marriage, Republicans went into hiding, at their own expense. In the four states with gay marriage referendums, Romney averaged 41 percent of the vote. Opposition to same-sex marriage averaged 48 percent. The upshot was that Romney and Republicans refused to identify themselves with an issue that would have helped them. And not just any issue, but one that reflects the laws of 30 states upholding traditional marriage. Meanwhile, gays voted overwhelmingly for Obama and Democrats in the belief Republicans opposed gay marriage even if they didn’t say so.

After the election, liberals claimed the culture war is over and they’ve won. This isn’t true, but it will become so if Republicans remain silent. It’s time to push back.

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