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“Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the party is a place they want to be,” the report said.

The paper angered social conservatives who accused the GOP of trying to move from the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage. They demanded that Republicans affirm the party’s 2012 platform, which called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

In April, Republicans responded at the party’s spring meeting, passing a resolution that restated their opposition to same-sex marriage and implored the Supreme Court to “uphold the sanctity of marriage” in the two gay marriage cases.

A Pew Research Center released this month showed that 51 percent of Americans favored — and 42 percent opposed — allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally

“People younger than 30 support gay marriage by about 2-to-1, while those age 50 and older are divided,” the poll found. “There is far more support for gay marriage among college graduates than among those who never attended college. And there continues to be a substantial difference of opinion regionally, with more support in the Northeast than in other regions.”