McCain’s campaign manager favors unisex weddings
year-and-a-half old story
that I’m just finding out about. In March 2009, Steve Schmidt, McCain’s lowlife campaign manager and uber smearer of Sarah Palin, revealed that he supports homosexual “marriage.” Had McCain won the election, Schmidt would probably have had a top White House post, from which he would be pushing the same-sex marriage cause, about which he has strong feelings (see below). He and McCain’s pro-homosexual marriage daughter Meghan would have made quite a team.
This is the crew that Republicans and conservatives strove so hard to install in the White House in 2008.
McCain’s Chief Strategist Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 08, 2010 09:05 AM | Send
The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner
First Posted: 03-26-09 11:08 AM
Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s chief strategist during the presidential campaign, said in a recent interview with the Washington Blade that he supports gay marriage.
“I’m personally supportive of [marriage] equality for gay couples and I believe that it will happen over time,” he told the newspaper. “I think that more and more Americans are insistent that, at a minimum, gay couples should be treated with respect and when they see a political party trying to stigmatize a group of people who are hardworking, who play by the rules, who raise decent families, they’re troubled by it.”
Schmidt revealed that he voted against California’s Proposition 8, a measure banning gay marriage that his boss at the time supported.
“It wasn’t my place in the campaign to debate issues with him that he had a firm opinion on,” Schmidt said. “But … as a voter, I’m not carrying my candidate’s proxy into the ballot box, I’m voting my conscience.” He predicted that gay marriage would pass in the state by initiative within a few years.
Schmidt also encouraged the Republican Party to reach out more to gay voters and to avoid using divisive social issues like gay marriage to rile up their base.
“I think the Republican Party should not be seen by a broad majority of the electorate as focused with singularity on issues like gay marriage,” he said. “The attitudes of voters about gay marriage and about domestic partnership benefits for gay couples are changing very rapidly and for voters under the age of 30, they are completely disconnected from what has been Republican orthodoxy on these issues.”
“Any campaign that would go out and try to demonize people on the basis of their sexual orientation,” he added, “is abhorrent and I suspect that that campaign would be rejected.”
During the campaign, Schmidt addressed the Log Cabin Republicans, calling them “an important part” of the Republican Party.
Schmidt isn’t the only person in McCain’s orbit to come out in support of marriage equality. The Senator’s daughter Meghan told Larry King recently, “I believe in gay marriage.”