February 2005

“If the Republicans started aggressively trying to overturn or to outlaw all legal protections for same-sex couples, it would likely alienate many moderates—particularly if national security became a less prominent issue, or a less advantageous one for the GOP. Meanwhile, a pro-choice, pro–gay rights Republican in the Arnold Schwarzenegger mold would lose some ‘values voters’ who would either switch to a more conservative third-party candidate

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