In a dramatic break from the GOP, billionaire industrialist David Koch has publicly admitted that he disagrees with the Republican stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes.
Koch is serving as a delegate to the RNC from New York, and has helped oversee the donation of millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and Republicans. His position represents a marked reversal from the Republican platform, which is starkly anti-gay marriage.
In an interview with Politico, Koch said, "I believe in gay marriage." When asked if that means he disagrees with Romney, who has openly come out against gay marriage, Koch said yes.
Koch was the libertarian vice presidential nominee in 1980, and his libertarian positions often put him at odds with the mainstream Republican party. Koch says he's a member of the Republican party in 2012. "The Libertarian Party is a great concept. I love the ideals, but it got too far off the deep end, and so I dropped out," Koch said. “I think the Republican Party has a great chance of being successful and that’s why I support it,” he said, adding “but I believe in the libertarian principles."
Koch has helped direct $400 million dollars to conservative groups in 2012, even though he publicly disagrees with the Republican gay marriage stance.
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