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David Koch Supports Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

David Koch – the wealthy donor fueling Mitt Romney’s campaign and many Republican candidates across the country – told Politico in an interview yesterday that he supports marriage equality for loving, committed same-sex couples.

When asked about LGBT equality, Koch replied: “I believe in gay marriage,” and went on to acknowledge that this was a position not shared by Mitt Romney: “Well, I disagree with that.”

Despite Mitt Romney’s opposition to relationship recognition and the party’s antiquated platform, David Koch is increasingly the norm – not the exception – when it comes to conservative support for marriage equality. He joins a near-majority of young Republicans under the age of 35 who support marriage equality, as well as other prominent GOP contributors like Paul Singer.

Support from prominent influencers like Koch and Singer indicates that the growing momentum for LGBT equality nationwide is certainly present with the Republican Party. Last week, we talked about how the anti-LGBT tone of the platform – and Mitt Romney’s positions on equality – would one day soon be unconscionable for any political figure with national ambitions to espouse. David Koch’s support for marriage equality is a powerful reminder of why that day is not far off.

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