GOP lawmakers who support marriage equality in state legislatures are often vulnerable to socially conservative primary challengers in their next elections. That political reality helps explain why only 47 Republican state legislators nationwide have voted in favor of marriage equality bills. But with demographic trends favoring marriage equality supporters, the party could be painting itself into a corner on the issue, according to this analysis. "I think a lot of conservative elected Republicans are going to go down with the ship on this one," said Cheryl Pflug, a former Washington state senator who was shunned by her Republican colleagues after supporting a marriage equality bill.
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