When historians write the story of America’s cultural revolution on gay marriage, March of 2013 may well get its own chapter — the month when the political balance on this issue shifted unmistakably from risky to safe.
But historians will surely also note that this was a movement in which the politicians, for the most part, were mere passengers along for the ride. With very few exceptions, elected officials remain profiles in caution and calculation, while activists and courts are the real engines of change.
All of this month’s three big gay-marriage moments — in which prominent politicians repudiated their past positions — highlighted how much vacillation, equivocation, and even hypocrisy continue to define the political response to this issue. That’s true even as, in many cases and especially for Democrats, it is now riskier to be seen as a laggard in embracing gay marriage than to rush in line behind what just not long ago was a radical stand
Alex Burns from Politico joins Rod at 4:20 to discuss the politics behind gay marriage
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