While the political right and the Republican Party have been using same-sex marriage as a wedge issue for over thirty years, a growing number of Americans have been coming to the same conclusion: that it really doesn't matter who you get legally married to.
Recent polls from the Pew Research Center and Politico/George Washington University confirm a two trends that data guru Nate Silver has been watching closely for several years now - namely that support for same-sex marriage among Americans is only going up. At the same time, an overwhelming majority of Americans agree that we should be done with laws like DOMA, that institutionalize bigotry.
Even Republicans are finally learning that voting in favor of legal, civil marriage for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, isn't a career ender. In fact, in Texas, lawmakers there are now seeking to repeal their state's ban on same-sex marriage. Former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman recently penned an op-ed saying that not only should same sex marriage be legal - but it should be a conservative cause. Even if former First Lady Laura Bush is somewhat shy about her support for gay marriage, she has very publically said that she thinks someday same sex marriage in America will be the law.
With that in mind, a new TV ad from the Respect for Marriage Coalition brings together very high profile members of both parties - like former Vice President Dick Cheney and current President Barack Obama, who both agree - it's time for all Americans to be equal, in their right to marry under the law.