01/21/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Gains Ready To Propel Social Issues Back Into National Spotlight

But major GOP gains in state legislatures across the country - where policy on social issues is often set - left cultural conservatives newly empowered. Opponents of same-sex marriage, for instance, now see an opportunity to block or even reverse recent gains by gay rights advocates in Minnesota and New Hampshire.

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