WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s announcement on Monday that she supported same-sex marriage was hardly earth-shattering. Who, after all, believed that the former Secretary of State, who publicly backed New York’s decision to legalize gay marriage, continued to draw the line on a federal level at civil unions?
But the statement — made in a video for the Human Rights Campaign — still signified the remarkable extent to which LGBT issues have become mainstream within the Democratic Party. As of now, it is difficult to envision the party nominating a presidential candidate in 2016 who doesn’t back same-sex marriage.
But what about the Republican side of the ledger?
Some of the party’s top strategists say it’s not unimaginable that, in a few cycles, Republicans too will nominate a candidate comfortable with the idea of marriage equality, or at least have a vice presidential candidate who’s a believer.
“Will we have a candidate who gets there? Yes. Will it be in 2016? No,” said John Weaver, who managed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 bid.