August 4, 2019 at 5:58 am EDT | by Staff reports
Looking back: 50 years of the Blade
Republican Party, gay news, Washington Blade
Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator Mitt Romney (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The fight over marriage equality seems like much ado about nothing these days, but just eight short years ago, Republican presidential hopefuls signed a letter affirming their opposition.

In addition to pledging their opposition, they vowed to establish a presidential commission “to investigate the harassment of traditional marriage supporters.”

Among those signing on was then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, who is now a senator.

President Obama, at the time, also opposed same-sex marriage. He later famously “evolved” and endorsed marriage equality just before winning re-election in 2012.

Take a walk down memory lane. Browse the Blade’s unique 50-year archive of LGBTQ news and features at

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