With former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman "coming out" as a homosexual yesterday, further pressure is now being applied to oft-cited closeted Illinois GOP homosexual congressmen Rep. Mark Kirk and Rep. Aaron Schock to be truthful with the public.
-- From "Ken Mehlman and the same-sex marriage debate" by Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer 8/26/10
Supporters of same-sex marriage have a new and unexpected advocate: Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and manager of President George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign.
Mehlman, now a private citizen and businessman, disclosed this week that he is gay. The timing of the revelation coincides with his participation in a September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a group that advocates for same-sex marriage.
Mehlman is among the most prominent Republican officials to say that he is gay. His is an announcement of the most personal nature and yet, because of who he is and the intensity of the debate over same-sex marriage, one with potential political implications. It is also one that, at least initially, will provoke potentially difficult questions from his critics.
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From "Disaster Looms If GOP Changes Course On Gay Marriage" by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski, posted at FOXNews.com 8/26/10
The Republican Party has an official position on same-sex marriage. It’s found in the 2008 GOP platform, which is the clear and uncontestable Republican position until the 2012 convention.
. . . The GOP platform could not be more explicit: Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The fundamental institution of human civilization should be preserved as it has been known through the entirety of American history and Western civilization. Supporters of same-sex marriage had the full opportunity to make their case to the party. They made it, and they lost.
. . . Central to the Republican agenda is that the U.S. Constitution must be interpreted according to its original meaning. If the Constitution must be changed, then we do so democratically through the amendment process. Republicans demand that judges interpret the Constitution as written, not rewrite it from the bench.
The same judicial activism that Judge Walker in San Francisco displayed in declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage is the same activism that Republicans decry on every other front. It’s the same activism found in Roe v. Wade, declaring a right to abortion. It’s also the same activism that would uphold Obamacare as constitutional. It’s the same activism that declares foreign terrorists are protected by the Bill of Rights and habeas corpus.
You cannot have it both ways. Do you want to see Obamacare struck down as unconstitutional? Then you can’t have a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
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