McCain Advisor Schmidt to Call on GOP to Support Gay Marriage

McCain advisor Steve Schmidt, who recently announced his support for same-sex marriage, will will reiterate those remarks to the Log Cabin Republicans today. Schmidt's speech will make "both policy and political arguments for a Republican embrace of same-sex marriage," CNN's Political Ticker reports.

Schmidt Speech excerpt: "There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex
marriage. 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…It cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is
un American or threatens the rights of others. On the contrary, it seems to me that denying two consenting adults of
the same sex the right to form a lawful union that is protected and
respected by the state denies them two of the most basic natural rights
affirmed in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence — liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. That, I believe, gives the argument of same sex marriage proponents its moral force."

Schmidt met with the group in September at the Republican National Convention, thanking them for their support. At the time, he spoke of his sister, who is a lesbian. Said Schmidt at the time: "I just wanted to take a second to come by and pay my respect and the
campaign’s respect to your organization and to your group. At a
personal level, my sister and her partner are an important part of my
life and our children’s life. I admire your group and your organization
and I encourage you to keep fighting for what you believe in because
the day is going to come."

Ex-McCain aide to call for gay marriage support [the ticker]


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Wonderful! We’ll surely see it in the Republican Party’s platform for the election of 2044. I don’t think Sarah Palin’s grandson will be denied the Republican nomination because of his age. It will be the circumstances of his birth….the future right-wing fundies still won’t want a president born out of ….the continuous forty-eight. Gotcha’!

  2. Pender says


    Steve Schmidt and Meghan McCain are the vanguard of our ultimate civil rights victory. They are the faces of the future of the GOP.

    This is how it will end — not by bludgeoning the GOP into ultimate, eternal defeat (which is impossible in a two-party system), but by bringing them on board.

  3. Steve says

    What a breath of fresh air. Too bad your next article about this guy will most likely be how he has been shunned by the republicans.

    But I think we are starting to see some cracks in the armor and as the Dobsons go away, they will be replaced by people like this guy and Megan McCain.

    Maybe in 20 years or so, I’ll be able to vote for a Republican again.

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    Oh, for God’s sake! You’ll have marriage rights in most of these 50 states in less than a decade. Those rights will be brought about by court decisions from federal judges selected by Barack Obama. Won’t be no need to wait for some damn Republicans to get on board. Geeez.

  5. says

    Good for him. And it goes to show how it’s harder–even for Republicans–to endorse discrimination when you know or are related to someone gay (though not impossible, since the biggest old homophobes tend to have gay children); it’s likely he’s taking this stand because he loves his sister, and he’s not inhuman. One of the Republican state senators in VT who unexpectedly voted for the marriage bill has, surprise, a gay son. The necessity of being out to one’s friends and family only increases as we get closer to achieving equality.

  6. AS13 says

    Damn, who are the gay liberal left going to hate if the republicans start supporting gay marriage. Maybe the republicans can get Obama to support it too!!!

  7. says

    I’m happy some Republicans are starting to make sense on this issue, but unfortunately it’s more likely they’ll be ostracized from their party than their opinions embraced. Ultimately, the Republican Party pretty much kowtows to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Karl Rove — not the McCains or any of their particular allies.

  8. Matt says

    My question is, why is he bringing his message to the LCR, who [a] already believe in marriage equality (more or less), and [b] are politically impotent within their own party. He should be addressing the Republican leadership in Congress (or even better, the Republican leadership in the New York State Senate, no?).