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For nationwide same-gender marriage, the road to victory runs through the GOP

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, one thing is clear: Republicans will determine whether same-sex marriage becomes universal in the United States.

In case there was any doubt about this, consider this: The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign spearheaded by GOP strategist Steve Schmidt to enlist the support of Republicans nationwide in legalizing gay marriage on the state level.

“The key to full marriage equality now resides in the hands of Republican leadership and Republican elected officials, which is why our campaign working with Steve Schmidt and other Republican leaders becomes so critical at this crucial tipping point,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero in a phone interview Wednesday morning.

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