Gehrke: Why is Mia Love hammering on same-sex marriage? Politics is politics and Love is love.

Gehrke: Why is Mia Love hammering on same-sex marriage? Politics is politics and Love is love.
Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune staff portraits. Robert Gehrke.

There was a widely used slogan for the same-sex marriage movement a few years back: Love is love.

It’s less clear if that’s true in the eyes of Mia Love. The 4th District congresswoman sent out a fundraising email last week hammering her Democratic opponent, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, for being a closet liberal.

It read like it could have been written by President Donald Trump during one of his early morning Twitter rants, ridiculing her opponent’s “Moderate McAdams” image and accusing the press of going easy on him.

One of the issues where she says McAdams has shown his true liberal colors is same-sex marriage. “McAdams,” it says, “was ‘pleased’ with the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.”

“I’m proud of my work to build bridges,” he said on Twitter. “She should apologize, disavow [the ad] and return any money.”

There was a time when this issue was a surefire winner for Utah Republicans, but times have changed and it could be a mistake for Love to count on the marriage issue.

Statewide, 54 percent of Utahns now support the right of LGBTQ couples to wed, according to a poll conducted last year by the Public Religion Research Institute….

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