Karl Rove: GOP Candidate Could Support Gay Marriage In 2016

Karl Rove

The Republican party may be getting a little more gay friendly. A week after Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman announced that he had changed his position on gay marriage, Karl Rove said that he could see the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2016 supporting same sex marriage.

The Fox News contributor was talking with George Stephanopoulos about the Supreme Court case over Proposition 8 in California.

Stephanopoulos asked Rove if he could imagine a 2016 presidential candidate that “flat out” supported gay marriage.

Rove responded: “I could.”

That isn’t a resounding message of support for same sex marriage from Rove but it does show that the Republican party is starting to shift its view on gay marriage.

On CNN’s State of the Union Republican strategist Ana Navarro said that the GOP was starting to shift its position and there was “no going back.

Navarro said: “There is no putting this genie back in the bottle. It is undeniable. The shift is here and we’re not going back.”

Do you think there will be a presidential candidate for the Republican party in 2016 that supports gay marriage?

Here’s a video of Karl Rove’s comment.

The Republican party may be starting to change its position on gay marriage but not everyone is on board. Senator Rand Paul, who could potentially be a candidate in 2016, said on Sunday that he still believes in “traditional marriage.” Paul did say, however, that he doesn’t think the government should be involved in the issue.

Paul said: “I don’t want the government promoting something I don’t believe in … But I also don’t mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue.”