Again and again gay marriage has proven to be a tough issue for 2016 Republican candidates to navigate. Top-tier declared and would-be candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have tripped up over addressing questions on attending same-sex weddings and associating with people who support gay marriage or gay rights.
That's only been exacerbated by fights over controversial anti-gay religious freedom bills in a trio of states that have pushed these candidates to either embrace those bills and alienate major companies that could be helpful fundraising sources or infuriate key conservative constituencies that oppose gay rights.
Behold the five biggest trip-ups so far:
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