Tags: Christine Stineman, Eric Branstad, Eric Woolson, John Stineman, Ken Mehlman, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Republican National Committee, Republican Party, Stan Thompson, Steve Roberts
Finally! A Republican who makes sense on Marriage Equality
Published on January 30th, 2013
Written by: Cameron Slater
It has taken long enough, but finally a senior Republican has worked out where they should be on Marriage Equality:
A national Republican strategist said in Iowa on Monday that Republicans should speak out in favor of same-sex marriage because the majority of Americans support it and it’s consistent with conservative values.
In private meetings with GOP elected officials and operatives from across Iowa, Ken Mehlman, who was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007 and managed George W. Bush’s re-election campaign, has been urging the politicos to recognize the evolution in thinking and demographic shifts in Iowa and the nation.
“Republicans have an opportunity to both stand up for values that are core to our philosophy — freedom, family values and the golden rule — and to do the right thing politically by allowing adults who love one another to have access to civil marriage,” Mehlman said in an interview with The Des Moines Register on Monday.
He spoke Monday evening at a public event at the Davis Brown law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. The crowd of about 40 included influential Republicans such as Eric Branstad, Steve Roberts, Stan Thompson, Christine and John Stineman and Eric Woolson.
Mehlman, who revealed he was gay in 2010, doesn’t go as far as saying Republicans will lose future elections if they continue to crusade against same-sex marriage.
But it’s indisputable that 53% of Americans support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, he said.