WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - At least three-quarters – and perhaps as much as 90 percent – of homosexual voters supported Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, a high return on the president’s decision to court key Democratic constituencies.

A national poll found that homosexual and transgender voters backed Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a margin of 76 percent to 22 percent.

LGBT voters made up five percent of the electorate, according to Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which specializes in homosexual and transgender issues. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup.

That is higher than the highest estimate of the homosexual population, which Gallup has said totals 3.4 percent.

The findings were, perhaps surprisingly, lower than other estimates.

A Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) pre-election poll showed nearly 90 percent of homosexuals planned to vote for Obama. 

“In this close election, data suggest that the overwhelming LGBT support for President Obama constitutes a key factor in his victory,” Gates stated

A changing electorate – of which homosexual voters are a favored component – powered Obama to victory.

“Democrats have been winning big over Republicans among gay voters, African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and Jews. Some of the groups are relatively small, but together they make up about one-third of the electorate, forcing Republicans to capture much of the remaining two-thirds to win elections,” the New York Times reported. “By comparison, white evangelical voters, who vote overwhelmingly for Republicans, make up about one-fourth of the electorate, and their numbers are not growing as rapidly. ”

Although evangelicals supported Mitt Romney by double-digits, Roman Catholic voters favored Obama by 15 percent

However, the Catholic vote split largely down ethnic lines. White Catholics, who made up 18 percent of the electorate, supported Romney over Obama 59-40.  Hispanic Catholics, on the other hand, favored President Obama by 54 points.

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A recent Barna study showed 60 percent of Hispanics believe marriage is between one man and one woman. They are evenly split on abortion. 

But Charisma News reports, “54 percent identify themselves first as Hispanic or Latino before American, Catholic, or Christian.” 

The electoral loss has some Republicans insisting the party must jettison its pro-life plank and focus on pro-family issues.

Joseph Curl of The Washington Times wrote that the Republican Party “needs to run away from its archaic stance” on abortion and is “on the wrong side of history” on redefining marriage. Charles Krauthammer also proposed that the party embrace amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Principled conservatives have said the worst thing the Republican Party can do is forsake its principles.

Erick Erickson of RedState.com has written the one-quarter of Hispanics and the one-tenth of black voters who supported Mitt Romney “are strongly social conservative and could not vote for the party of killing kids and gay marriage. So, they voted GOP. You throw out the social conservatives and you throw out those Hispanic and black voters.” 

Before the election, Bishop E.W. Jackson attempted to lead an “exodus” of black voters who put the teachings of Scripture above party allegiance out of the Democratic Party. He vows to continue his outreach.

Many believe certain fixtures of the Republican establishment are exploiting the 2012 election results to liberalize the party, long a goal of much of the GOP leadership. 

Matthew Schmitz wrote in First Things, “As per usual, the inevitable calls to abandon social issues will have more to do with the preferences of individual pundits than a sober reading of the facts.”