RNC Chair Michael Steele on Civil Unions: ‘What, Are You Crazy?’

So much for RNC Chair Michael Steele's Fox News Sunday statement earlier this month that the GOP has an opportune moment to reach out to people who favor gay rights. In the wake of the Oscar wins for Milk, radio host Mike Gallagher asked Steele if the party should perhaps consider something like civil unions:

: Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?

STEELE: No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage.” […]

GALLAGHER: So no room even for a conversation about civil unions in your mind?

STEELE: What’s the difference?

Steele is one of the co-founders of  the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization which supports candidates who favor abortion rights and gay rights.


  1. Patrick M says

    > Steele is one of the co-founders of the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization which supports candidates who favor abortion rights and gay rights.

    Except for the gay rights part

  2. Brianr54 says

    Steele really is one of the dumbest and least polished of all the Republican “leaders” and thats saying something. He blows with the wind and is about the biggest lackey in politics today.

    More than most politicians, you can’t believe a word that passes his lips.

    The Republicans are so grasping at straws to have put him in place as the leader of the RNC and it shows every time this half-wit speaks. If he ever goes back on Bill Mahr’s “Real Time” on HBO, you really must treat yourself and watch it. The clown never fails to say ignorant, jaw-dropping statements. Entertaining and informative.

  3. says

    A core founding value of this country? What on Earth does that mean? This country was founded on marriage? Does he know anything about the foundng of this country? Apparently not.

  4. Donsnyc says

    Michael Steele….the man who took the bar exams and failed. He never tried to take the bar exams again. The man who ran for office in 2006 as a democrat. Yes, he had put up signs that said “Steele a Democrat”, an ingenious way of saying “steal a democrat”. He is the token black of the republican party, and they made him as their leader. What a disaster.

  5. lis says

    I so look forward to the point when we have moved beyond these issues and the major differences between these two parties (if you wish to call it such) is economic and politically based, not culturally.

  6. Wayne says

    Michael Steele is the RNC’s Uncle Tom… he’s a black figure-head and that’s all he is. He has no power, he never will, he’s only there so the RNC can pretend that they are now inclusive… “See, black people love us! We even made one of them our ‘leader’… now run along Michael and make me a cocktail.”

  7. Marc says

    Why, this doesn’t seem right. I’m sure if we just bide our time a while longer, daisies will sprout from the air, candy will fall from the sky and they’ll see we deserve equal rights and just willingly give it to us.

    *Crickets chirping*

  8. DC Guy says

    And is anyone really surprised by this? The republican party will never support gay rights, simply because it knows it will lose its core “Christian” voters if it ever does.

    The party of Lincoln has fallen so far….

  9. Strepsi says

    “Steele is one of the co-founders of the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization” — WTF?! — You Americans really don’t realize what the center is, do you?

    Your left = most of the first world’s centre-right. Your right = fascism.

    Here in Canada NONE of our four national parties would overturn full gay marriage or universal health care… not even the Conservatives!

  10. Quint King says

    >”No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we…”

    abandon a winning wedge issue. Listen I couldn’t care less about the issue personally, but my voters HATE GAYS. They don’t know any personally, which is what makes the gays the PERFECT boogieman for the party. Now I know it seems ironic for a Black man to not care about civil rights for a group of people – but I’m a representative of the right, a bullhorn if you will. I’m not going to get all loosy-goosey with my grip on that bullhorn – are you insane?

  11. noah says

    Sarah Palin has met her equal, and he is Michael Steele!

    Why would anyone be surprised about a national Republican who is against civil unions?

    What no one is commenting on is that Steele is trying to reach out to Religious Right of all colors through their mutual anti-gay bigotry.

  12. Gary says

    Oh how the hatred flows from this man. Core values like voter intimidation (in Ohio), the Diebold voting machine issues, and proudly displays contempt for minorities, even his own.

  13. Derrick from Philly says

    Funny, I’ve never seen a good-looking, sexy, black Republican with some kind of personal style. They’re all nerdy and kinda’ goofy. Hell, I guess the white ones are too. I’ve got a distant cousin who’s a Republican. He makes Erkel look like Tyson Beckford.

    And yes, the gubernator has style, but he is not a natural Republican. He’s an ex-movie star.

  14. says

    CUs are CRAZY! Almost as crazy as that whole idea about allowing a black woman to marry a white man, or vice versa. Nuts!

    I’m sure the Log Cabin boys are standing behind their statement from a few weeks ago that this lunkhead is “the right man at the right time to lead the GOP.”

  15. Chapeau says

    O, com’on, We all know that the GOP elected this jackass because they wanted a *black* face to compete with Obama.

    He truly is the definition of *uncle tom*.

  16. Frank says

    Let’s get Michael Steele and Alan Keyes together to see who can out “Uncle Tom” each other! I’m just waiting for Steele to find out one of his relatives is gay so he can disown them.

  17. Derrick from Philly says


    simply use the English/American version of a racial slur when you AINT sure about the correct spelling of the slur in German/Yiddish. The impact of your racist insult is lost, and it makes you look like a schmuck.

  18. Zeke says

    Let’s not forget that this is the man that the Log Cabin Republicans have been drooling over. They have claimed, that he is DIFFERENT and that he will lead the party away from their homo-hating ways. Interestingly enough they’ve chosen not to respond to Steele’s comment.

    It’s time for the LCR to adopt a new and more fitting motto:

    Log Cabin Republicans, Still delusional, Still irrelavent!

    or should that be Steele delusional, Steele irrelavent!

  19. gayalltheway says

    Again Steele’s comment proves that the time to talk and try to convince them to give us our rights is O-V-E-R. With all due respect, I am grateful for the work that lgbt rights organizations have done (and are still doing) for the community but we need a different approach. Just like the civil rights movement in the 60s, we need to fight and demand equal rights and stop discrimination on the federal level. I know it’s easier said than done but if African-Americans can do it, I am very confident that we will be able to achieve the same result. And to think that Steele’s ancestors,not that long ago, were probably subjected to the same discrimination as the lgbt community is facing now, shame on you Steele.

  20. JT says

    I wonder if he gets tips when he is used as a waiter at RNC functions.
    A cop-out, a sell-out, and a homophobe to boot.
    If this is the RNC’s answer to Barrack Obama, we have NOTHING to worry about for a while.

  21. Jayson says

    This goes to show everyone how unreliable,back stabbing,and just outright devious the republican party really is.Gays and minorities never have and never will have any clout in this party.As for the Log Cabin republicans,they should just give it up.They havent been relevant since they founded the party.

  22. TANK says

    Look at the silver lining here. The republicans are becoming more and more concentrated. Pretty soon, the only people that they’ll have are overtly racist, homophobic nascar trash and the old and dying. They’re losing people to the left and center every day in droves. The truth is that the GOP is going down in flames, and no one in their ranks knows how to pull them out of the tailspin. Token Black here just pissed on his own party’s argument (that SAME SEX MARRIAGE is wrong–not cu’s).

    They mortgaged their party’s future on the belief that the majority of americans were unthinking bigoted religious zealots who would do anything that their pastors told them to do. They nurtured this demographic and this belief for years. This is just beginning of their undoing.

  23. MCnNYC says

    one of the reasons i STOPPED watching Bill Maher REAL TIME was because they kept putting on BOZO Mike Steele….and Bill would do his typical ass-licking of any Republican who would come on his show.

    But this Mike Steele is one IGNORANT man.

  24. Attmay says

    Regardless of race, color, or religion, they’re all a bunch of vile bigots.

    Screw “tolerance”, I’m going to insult anyone who makes statements like this.

    Michael “George Jefferson” Steele, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. Your party no longer stands for anything except bigotry and that’s why everyone abandoned you. And you think you can attract black voters by appealing to their bigotry against gays? It didn’t pry them away from Obama in the last election.

  25. Carl says

    “What no one is commenting on is that Steele is trying to reach out to Religious Right of all colors through their mutual anti-gay bigotry. ”

    Obama is muted enough on gay rights that many non-white voters who oppose gay rights are still likely to vote for Obama.

    Abortion is another matter, since the right is so upset about the global gag rule being rescinded, but apparently Steele sees gays as the easy target.

    I don’t know why I’m surprised or even angry about this, but I am. It’s just such blatant contempt for basic rights. This was the same type of sneering, open contempt that got Steele and Ehrlich thrown out by Maryland voters in 2006, in spite of endless media fawning.

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