Has the GOP Become More Socially Conservative Over The Years?

I am having a debate with some friends (one of whom is an Australian moderate and the other is a non-religious/fiscally conservative Republican). Both contend: 1) the GOP has moved rightward over the years on social issues and 2) the GOP is beholden to the religious right.  Of course, they also say if the Republican party does not drop the socially conservative planks of the platform–which they both view as too moralistic–the party is destined for demise. 

My feeling is that the GOP i…

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