Traditional conservatives must be more tolerant of more progressive conservatives who believe in gay marriage, according to S.E. Cupp, the right-leaning co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."
"I don’t need conservatives to oppose gay marriage for religious or personal reasons to change their minds, I would certainly never ask anyone to do that,'' Cupp told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"But where conservatives have to move is in their acceptance of conservatives like me who accept gay marriage. I don't want to be castigated out of the party for having that viewpoint…."
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She said conservatives who do not believe in gay marriage must work hard not to alienate their political brothers and sisters.
"We should be rewarding those views and rewarding those voices instead of moving them to the back of the room and telling them to keep down please," Cupp said.
Cupp approves of Monday's Supreme Court decision that opening prayers at council meetings are constitutional, even if they tend to stress Christianity.
"As an atheist myself who happens to be at a lot of events where prayers take place I can tell you it is not an affront to my lack of religious belief when other people want to pray,'' Cupp said.
"So I find the militant atheism that tries to foist itself upon religious America is dangerously out of hand and the Supreme Court was right on the money when they said, 'look you have the ability to opt out, you are not a first grader held captive in school, you can come later, you can leave the room, you can sit there and just be silent….'"
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