Why George Allen Doesn’t Talk About Gay People Anymore

Roll Call’s Joshua Miller reports that as a senator, Virginia’s George Allen (R) “co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and worked a pledge to keep marriage ‘traditional’ into just about every re-election stump speech. But these days, as Allen tries to get his job back, he doesn’t talk about gay marriage.” That’s because voters in Virginia are now far more accepting of gay people than they were just five years ago. Then, “a strong majority of voters supported a state constitutional amendment to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions.” Today, 47 percent support same sex marriage, and 43 percent of Virginians oppose a constitutional amendment.