Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.
“Marriage equality” is the more accurate term, but whatever he calls it, it’s significant that he talks about his position on the “issue” now. It’s yet another indication that even though the “religious right” will continue fighting LGBT equality, they are slowly but consistently becoming a smaller and smaller minority.
Koch was a delegate at the Republican National Convention.
The 1980 vice presidential nominee for the socially liberal — but fiscally conservative — Libertarian Party, Koch told POLITICO ‘I believe in gay marriage’ when asked about the GOP’s stance on gay rights.
He and his brother are supporting the GOP with big dollar amounts. Via Metro Weekly:
It was reported in May that the Koch brothers plan to give nearly $400 million by November to conservative groups set on defeating President Barack Obama in November and electing Republicans to Congress. David Koch alone is worth an estimated $25 billion.
Nevertheless, Koch indicated a clear break with at least a few of the positions of the GOP. From Metro Weekly:
Although Mitt Romney and much of the Republican Party support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids federal recognition of same-sex marriages, Koch thinks otherwise, telling Politico, ‘Well, I disagree with that.’
Koch told Politico that “he considers himself a Republican first, despite his differing ideological views,” which includes more than just “gay marriage” differences. He told Politico that
… U.S. military should withdraw from the Middle East and said the government should consider defense spending cuts, as well as possible tax increases to get its fiscal house in order — a stance anathema to many in the Republican Party.
At America Blog Gay, commenting on Koch’s pro “gay marriage” statement, Aravosis writes
Though a good friend thinks gay marriage is the popular beard that Republicans are using to try to seem less hateful. It gives them cover with their liberal friends in NYC, so they can still keep going to all the society parties.
Still, this one merits a good ‘huh.’
If money talks, and it does, I wonder what message the Republicans are hearing from David Koch? Of course, as long as he keeps the money coming in spite of his differences with party line policy, I guess they really don’t have much motive to listen to anything but the sound of funding successes.
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