In what is being described as a first in the GOP, a local
Republican party organization in California has endorsed gay
The Marin County Republican Party at its monthly meeting on
Thursday voted in favor of backing marriage equality.
“This is our opportunity to redefine ourselves to the people of
Marin County,” Kevin Krick, chairman of the local party, told The
Los Angeles Times. “We wanted to demonstrate that we are
The local party's stance bucks the state and national Republican
Party's opposition to gay nuptials.
“This underscores the fact that Republicans are no longer
walking lockstep on the issue of marriage equality,” said Gregory
T. Angelo, executive director of gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans.
Krick said that his party's opposition to marriage equality has
been a significant obstacle to recruiting in liberal Marin County,
where fewer than 20 percent of residents are registered Republicans
and more than 75 percent of voters opposed Proposition 8,
California's former constitutional amendment limiting marriage to
“We were completely out of sync with the majority of the
population here,” Krick said.