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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Gay Marriage, Tech, and the GOP

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"The Republicans are about empowering everyone," says Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) "We've got to make sure that the face of the Republican Party is one that reflects the diversity that we see across this country." 

Rodgers was a keynote speaker at the at the 2014 Lincoln Labs' Reboot Conference, held July 18-20 in San Francisco, California. She sat down with Reason.com's Nick Gillespie to talk about why the tech industry should be receptive to Republicans, the future of the GOP on social issues, and how the party plans to make its message palatable to millennials, who are more liberal on social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

"I'm someone who does believe in marriage as being between a man and a woman," says Rodgers. "But there is a question as to civil unions and what is legally needed, where the government should be involved in making these decisions."

The congresswoman is the chair of the House Republican Conference and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Reason TV previously interviewed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), also a keynote speaker at the conference, who said, "I think Republicans could only win in general if they become more live and let live."

About 9:58 minutes. 

Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Paul Detrick. Shot by Detrick and Tracy Oppenheimer. Music by Kromatic.

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