Top Republican figure John Bolton supports the freedom to marry

This week, John Bolton, a Republican lawyer and diplomat who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and 2006, expressed that he is considering making a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. In interviews where he discussed that he is exploring the options of running in 2016, he directly stated his clear support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

He spoke with the National Review about the potential run, and in the interview, he said:

On gay marriage, I support it, at both the state level and the federal level. Gay marriage is something I’ve thought about at length as I’ve looked at my future. I concluded, a couple years ago, that I think it should be permissible and treated the same at both levels.

Bolton joins a rapidly expanding roster of prominent Republican and conservative politicians who have announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. In February, over 75 key Republican figures - including top advisers to President George W. Bush, four former governors, two members of Congress, and more - submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage.

These Republicans know that support for the freedom to marry is a mainstream position that reflects American values of freedom, family and fairness - in addition to conservative values like limited government and personal responsibility. 

A recent ABC poll found that 52% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents under the age of 50 support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

Through Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, we work to amplify voices like Bolton who are standing up and proudly supporting the freedom to marry for all families. 

Learn more about Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry HERE