Even if you assume these political crumbs are pure posturing it's an interesting switch that strategists now believe a spouse supporting gay marriage is a useful pose. On 60 Minutes this week, the atrocious Eric Cantor sat by his Democrat(!) wife Diana as she explained she supports same-sex marriage. She may really feel strongly about marriage equality, but the careful public announcement was no accident. It is calculated to soften his image -- moderation by association -- while not actually changing his own hardcore antigay actions an iota. Nevertheless. The more political families who are vocal and visible in their support of gay marriage, the harder and less viable it eventually becomes for the ever-shrinking yet still intransigent antigay minority to make their case. The Cantors now join a long list of couples who publicly differ on the issue, chief among them, the Bushes, the McCains, and the Clintons (he for, she against). Both of the Cheneys went on the record for gay marriage while in office. Even conservative spokesmodel Elisabeth Hasselbeck supports gay marriage. As do the majority of Americans. Both of the Obamas oppose same-sex marriage.
On Sunday, after years of battles and reversals, Hawaii and Delaware began registering same-sex civil unions. Today, Governor Christine Gregoire proposed legislation to legalize gay marriage in Washington state. Tomorrow, the AFL-CIO of Maryland with 300,000 union members, will announce their support for gay marriage in that state. Last year a gay marriage bill passed the Maryland senate but was pulled from the house before a vote; it is on the legislative docket again this year.
Later this month Republicans in the New Hampshire legislature will bring a vote trying to repeal the state's gay marriage law which passed in 2009.