In answering a question related to gay marriage last week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that the Republican Party, “in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues.”
Actually, the Republican Party will have to agree to disagree on gay marriage if it merely wants to stay intact. That's because Republicans increasingly disagree about the issue, with the fault line running between old and young.
A majority of young Republicans actually favor gay marriage, with that percentage growing.
The latest evidence is provided by a Pew Research Center poll that found 61 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds who identify themselves as Republican or leaning Republican favor gay marriage.
As Pew reports, “by contrast, just 27 percent of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.”
With Democrats of all ages firmly in support of gay marriage, this issue appears destined to achieve near social consensus not too far in the future.
So yes, older Republicans and younger Republicans will have to agree to disagree — not only in order to grow as a party, but to survive as one as well.