NOW Today: Shifting over?

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus listens to a speaker during a news conference Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus listens to a speaker during a news conference Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Philadelphia.
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The issue of same-sex marriage has been front and center this month, as big-name politicians have come out in support of it, starting with former President Bill Clinton, Senator Rob Portman and finally former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Taking a position on the topic has moved from “risky to safe,” according to Politico.

But some Republicans are still trying to have it both ways. RNC Chief Reince Priebus told NBC’s Luke Russert, “I know what our principles are, I know our party believes marriage is between one man and one woman.” But days earlier, he praised Portman for coming out in support of gay marriage. And this, as Salon.com’s Joan Walsh notes, is causing the chairman trouble.


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The discussion on same-sex marriage isn’t going away: the Supreme Court will put its mark on the issue in the coming weeks when it weighs in on the Proposition 8 case in California and DOMA. If the Court rules in favor of gay marriage, could it prove to be a positive for the Republicans? If it’s the law of the land, they may have to just accept it and move on. But if the outcome is unclear, the issue won’t be going away. And Republicans will again find themselves having to answer where they stand on same-sex marriage. Which undoubtedly leaves them shifting… again.

We’ll talk about this and more, today at 12p et.

PANEL

Rick Hertzberg, Staff Writer, The New Yorker (@RickHertzberg)

Karen Finney, Fmr. DNC Communications Director/msnbc Political Analyst (@finneyk)

Sam Tanenhaus, Editor, The New York Times Book Review

Richard Wolffe, Executive Editor, msnbc.com/msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc)

GUESTS

Ben Birnbaum, Contributor, The New Republic (@ben_birnbaum) [Tel Aviv]

David Sirota, Salon.com/Author of “Back to Our Future” (@davidsirota)

NOW Today: Shifting over?

Updated