(But I do hope you all will continue devoting your time and energy and money to trying to turn the clock back to 1970.).
McCain adviser calls on GOP to back gay marriage
Steve Schmidt, one of Sen. John McCain’s top advisers during the Republican’s presidential run, will make a speech today pressing the GOP to support gay marriage, CNN reports.
“There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage,” Schmidt will say during the speech at the Log Cabin Republicans convention this afternoon, according to excerpts obtained by CNN. “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.”
That perspective veers away from that of his former boss. On the campaign trail, McCain said he supported Proposition 8, a ballot measure in California banning gay marriage that voters narrowly approved. (As for President Obama, he has said he opposes gay marriage but supports civil unions. He also has said he would not work to ban gay marriage.)
Schmidt’s not the only one from the McCain camp who’ll be at the Washington, D.C., convention hosted by the Log Cabin Republicans — a group that supports gay rights.
Cindy and Meghan McCain — the Arizona senator’s wife and daughter — will attend a Log Cabin reception at the home of former Republican representative Jim Kolbe tonight, while Meghan McCain is scheduled to attend the convention’s national dinner Saturday night, according to the agenda.
The move to legalize same-sex marriages has gathered some momentum in recent weeks in legislatures and courts across the nation.
Iowa’s top court overturned a law that banned gay marriage two weeks ago. Shortly afterward, Vermont lawmakers voted to allow gay marriage. A debate in the New Hampshire State Senate was underway this week. And on Thursday, New York Gov. David Paterson introduced legislation that would legalize gay marriage there.