In an interview with USA Today reporter Susan Page, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged Republicans with varying views on gay marriage to be tolerant of divergent opinions on the controversial issue. “I don’t believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics,” Priebus said of the GOP’s position on gay marriage.
“My position is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but my other position is that you treat people with dignity and respect and love and grace,” Priebus said. “I think they’re all compatible with each other.”
“We do have a platform, and we adhere to that platform,” Priebus told Page when asked if the party would one day support same-sex marriage rights. “But it doesn’t mean that we divide and subtract people from our party.”
Priebus said that gay marriage is an “interesting issue,” which may account for the relatively rapid rise in support for gay marriage rights in public opinion polling. He added, however, that the nation’s spending and debt problems – and the debt crises in the European Union – continue to be the most important issues the nation faces.
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