CNN commentator S.E. Cupp warned Republicans it’s time to make the move and accept same-sex marriage in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday making them legal nationwide.
Appearing with host Wolf Blitzer, the conservative commentator responded to many 2016 candidates and members of Capitol Hill who denounced the ruling, telling them they will “become relics” if they don’t move on the issue.
“Those people are Americans, and that is our future,” Cupp told Blitzer. “And so for my party — which I deeply, deeply love,– my party really has to reconcile with the fact that we’ll become relics if we don’t get to where these people are. They’re patriots. They’re not asking for a lot. And it’s really time for the party politics to shift on this.”
“What I’ve never understood is why conservatives who are not sort of on my side of this don’t understand these are people who are begging to be part of a traditionally conservative institution that celebrates monogamy and economic stability,” Cupp said. “This is something we should be applauding. These aren’t people who are trying to get rid of the institution of marriage. These are people who want to be a part of it. That’s a good thing for American family values.”
“It’s always been natural for me to make a conservative case for gay marriage, but I hope seeing some of the faces of these people who have fought for so long for very little really just for recognition of their unions, their monogamous unions, I really hope that this can change some hearts and minds in my party,” Cupp continued. “You’re not going to do it at the barrel of a gun. You’re going to do it through human stories like these.”
“They’re not asking for much. They’re asking for what you take for granted,” Cupp said. “They’re not extremists. They’re not pariahs. They’re patriots.”
“I’m trying to tell my party that you’re going to be a relic, you’re going to be left behind if you don’t come to terms with the fact that this is our future. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to embrace it, but you have to accept it.”