Marriage ruling renews GOP centrists-vs.-base feud
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The Senate advanced historic immigration legislation across the last procedural test Thursday and prepared to vote later in the day to pass the measure offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions. McConnell has said that the bill doesn't ensure true border security since people here illegally can obtain a provisional legal status under the legislation before any security goals are accomplished. "This bill may pass the Senate today, but not with my vote. And in its current form, it won't become law," McConnell said. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - The dramatic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is forcing Republican leaders to cope, in bright daylight, with something they'd rather handle discreetly: the careful balance between placating their conservative base and reaching out to centrist voters crucial in presidential elections.
Top GOP leaders showed notable restraint this week, while conservative activists fulminated against the court's decision, which requires the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage.
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