A deeply rooted right-wing stance is still on the opposition, though once again challenged after a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed a steady increase for support of same-sex marriage rights last week.
According to the poll, opposition has declined from 55 percent in 2004 to 36 percent this year, while roughly 58 percent say gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to wed.
And while it has been a widely accepted stance within the Democratic Party, even as moderate Senators Mark Warner (Virginia) and Claire McCaskill (Montana) have since joined the ranks and Bill Clinton has changed his tone since signing the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, Republicans are still holding to their notoriously conservative roots.
In 2013, nine states including the District of Columbia have allowed gay marriage.
Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Ohio Sen. Robert Portman are now in full support of gay marriage rights, and just this week, Republican policy advisor Karl Rove broke some ground saying he could imagine the next GOP presidential nominee backing its legalization.
As Rove released a statement backpedaling from his remarks, the question is raised, on yet another issue, on whether the conservative view is swaying toward the current predominant stance, or whether the right wing is simply refuting anything out of the Democratic gates.
If the Republican Party wants a chance at the 2016 presidential election, they should take a Freudian hint from policy advisor Rove and recognize that now is the time to support a change.
Maybe this is the debate that will begin a more moderate view, and form some common ground in Congress.