The complicated politics of pro-gay Republicans

By Laurie Bennett

February 28, 2012 at 8:34am

How does it happen, Rachel Maddow asks, that wealthy Republicans who publicly support same-sex marriage now support candidates who oppose it?

Frank Rich, appearing on Maddow’s show Monday, calls it “a pathological disconnect.”

Few people illustrate this conundrum better than hedge funder Paul Singer.

Last year, at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s urging, Singer supported the same-sex legislation that ultimately passed.

A year earlier, he co-chaired a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which opposed Prop 8, the ballot issue that rescinded gay marriage in California.

On the other hand, Singer was one of the party loyalists who urged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to seek the presidency this year.

Christie recently vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey, after it had been passed by the state legislature.

Singer is also a big contributor to Restore Our Future, the super PAC boosting Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Romney has described marriage as “an institution between a man and a woman.”

During his appearance earlier this month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Romney claimed that as governor of Massachusetts, he had prevented the state “from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.”

It was in Massachusetts that Singer’s gay son married his partner.

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