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Meghan McCain on Gay Marriage, Log Cabin, and the GOP

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, has a column in today's Daily Beast discussing her recent statements in support of marriage equality and her upcoming speaking engagement at the Log Cabin Republican convention.

Mccain Says McCain: "I am a woman who despises labels and boxes and stereotypes. Recently, I seemed to have rocked a few individuals within my party by saying that I am a pro-life, pro-gay-marriage Republican. So if anyone is still confused, let me spell it out for you. I believe life begins at conception and I believe that people who fall in love should have the option to get married. Lest we forget, our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, grants the same rights to everyone in this country—'All men are created equal.' If you think certain rights should not apply to certain people, then you are saying those people are not equal. People may always have a difference of opinion on certain lifestyles, but championing a position that wants to treat people unequally isn't just un-Republican. At its fundamental core, it's un-American."

She also has speaks about her party's future: "At the most basic level, sexual orientation should not be a factor in how you are treated. If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric."

A Gayer GOP [the daily beast]

McCain's recent appearance on LArry King Live, in which she stated her support for same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. A Republican who calls the majority of the Republicans UN-AMERICAN?!


    Wow.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 13, 2009 12:09:23 PM


  2. <3

    Meghan McCain for President!

    Posted by: Pender | Apr 13, 2009 12:15:15 PM


  3. Good luck with that, Meghan.

    "People may always have a difference of opinion on certain lifestyles..."

    Again with the "lifestyle" insult!

    From GLAAD: "There is no single lesbian, gay or bisexual lifestyle. Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are diverse in the ways they lead their lives. The phrase "gay lifestyle" is used to denigrate lesbians and gay men, suggesting that their sexual orientation is a choice and therefore can and should be "cured""

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Apr 13, 2009 12:18:39 PM


  4. Finally.......A Republican with a Brain....I like this Girl!!!

    Posted by: CasperHi | Apr 13, 2009 12:21:07 PM


  5. here i thought all republicans were just plain stupid. this woman knows her stuff.

    Posted by: liz templin | Apr 13, 2009 12:24:44 PM


  6. I didn't see any offense with her use of lifestyle in this context. I thought she spelled it out pretty clearly here: "At the most basic level, sexual orientation should not be a factor in how you are treated."

    Ultimately, there will be people who find any method of living their life that isn't their very own to be "wrong". You can think it's wrong all you want, as long as you don't force your own decisions on anybody else.

    Posted by: lis | Apr 13, 2009 12:29:12 PM


  7. Hey Meg, you can be the future of the republican party. Maybe I'd be able to stomach voting for one.

    Posted by: D.C. | Apr 13, 2009 12:31:11 PM


  8. No vote from me, since she's willing to throw women under the bus with her anti-choice views.

    Posted by: Chester | Apr 13, 2009 12:38:24 PM


  9. bitch does know she quoted "All Men are Created Equal". She does know she's not a man right? Why would some of you believe she will care for anybody other than her own needs?

    Posted by: annoyed | Apr 13, 2009 12:40:35 PM


  10. She's a lone sheep in a pack of wolves.

    Posted by: www.gaygregator.com | Apr 13, 2009 12:44:00 PM


  11. Love this girl...

    Posted by: A | Apr 13, 2009 1:16:51 PM


  12. She does sound as a positive future for the Republican Party. Good for her.

    Posted by: Felix | Apr 13, 2009 1:26:20 PM


  13. Good for her. I am sure the tea baggers and loons that compromise the current GOP despise her, so I hope Meg sticks to her guns. She's a sign of hope for a party so lost, it's bizarre.

    Posted by: Marco | Apr 13, 2009 1:27:49 PM


  14. She's right that the Rethugs are on their way out if they don't recognize that the times are changing with respect to gay rights.... now if she would only get out of the 50s with her abortion views.

    Posted by: lauren | Apr 13, 2009 1:45:11 PM


  15. Gee, Meeg, but I don't believe life begins at "conception". Never have and never will. Life begins when it is born, see. Any other viewpoint is just that: a viewpoint and not based on anything but a viewpoint. Consequently, this b.s. about "pro-life" (which is actually anti-woman's reproductive freedom) and "pro-marriage" is just another string in the long-line of Republicon b.s. The Republicon Party is a dying, if not already dead, political entity that has been in power the last 30 years only because it knew how to divide and conquer. Well, Americans have had it up to HERE with that Republicon deception. Face it, Meeg, it's over. Maybe you can start a new party or something. But, the Republicon Party as it now is will be only for white, heterosexual, evangie-fundie wing-nuts. It will also be the party of treason and sedition and, eventually, violence.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 13, 2009 1:58:21 PM


  16. Do not trust this woman. She is a member of the Republican Party, and is not trustworthy. They're now trying to change the direction of their party to make it slightly more palatable, but don't be fooled. The only good Republican is no Republican at all.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Apr 13, 2009 2:56:07 PM


  17. the debate is hampered by the word "life"

    the whole issue might be better served if we debated the beginning of "sentience"

    hell, a single cell of algae is alive = life but we do not give it human rights

    pre conception sperm and ovum are both separately alive. should we give rights to sperm?

    At the most a fetus should be considered deserving of some sort of rights when a fully functional brain and spinal column has developed = minimum point is 3 months. anything prior to 3 months does not even have the potential of sentience without further development. Even then after the 3 month point you are dealing with an intelligence level of a lizard or some other lower life form that only reacts instinctualy to outside stimuli and thus not truly "sentient".

    Judaism = the moment of first breath

    pretty much all pagan religions = also pretty much not considered human life till first breath

    islam = moment of birth = basicaly equals first breath

    xtianity is the only crazy philosophy ever invented by man to define the begining of full human life at the moment of conception while still a ball of slime with no animal inteligence let alone human sentience

    Anyway


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Apr 13, 2009 2:57:17 PM


  18. The loss last November is stinging the Republican party to the core and now they're trotting out these warm, fuzzy Republican women to try to put one over on the American people. DO NOT BE FOOLED!! Republicans will never change their stripes they'll only pander to the masses until they return to power, then all Hell will break loose.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Apr 13, 2009 3:15:50 PM


  19. @MIKE | APR 13, 2009 1:58:21 PM

    Totally agree. I really like Meghan McCain, but she's a bit lost here. The GOP she "fell in love with" doesn't really exist anymore. Last time I checked "core Republican values, such as limited government, individual liberty and responsibility, an economy based in free markets, and a strong national defense" were replaced by core Bush-Statist values.

    "Pro-life" and "pro-choice" are way too ambiguous to be used and I want her to clarify what she means by this. IMO I don't think you can reconcile beliefs of limited government with women's reproductive freedom.

    Posted by: Frankie | Apr 13, 2009 3:16:03 PM


  20. Oops. I meant:

    "IMO I don't think you can reconcile beliefs of limited government with being against women's reproductive rights."

    Posted by: Frankie | Apr 13, 2009 3:19:49 PM


  21. She seems to want to be a pundit rather than a politician. And she's more of a libertarian than a Republican, but if she can help effect change on the right, all power to her. She seems like an intelligent young lady.

    Posted by: Bruno | Apr 13, 2009 4:16:02 PM


  22. It's too bad that she's not really a republican. The GOP will NEVER support this kind of stuff, at least not for another 20-30 years as a national party. Maybe Meghan McCain's willing to take the next 20-30 years of her life and flush it down to toilet in the quest to change a fundamentally bigoted party, but for any other gay-supporting conservatives, I suggest you just become a gay-supporting conservative Democrat or Independent who doesn't vote for anti-gay candidates of any party.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 13, 2009 4:39:48 PM


  23. While I'm glad Megan is speaking out against her own party about some of their archaic thinking, I also felt like the "lifestyle" thing was a bit insulting. But that's a FUNDAMENTAL difference in how people see things. There are those that see being gay as a lifestyle, which implies it is a CHOICE. Then there are those that see being gay as being genetic, which implies it is PRE-DETERMINED. Either way, I'm glad she supports marriage equality, and equality in general.

    Note to Megan... by definition being Pro-Life means you don't think ANYONE should have an abortion under ANY circumstances. If you say that you are not going to judge women who are Pro-Choice if that works for them, by definition you ARE Pro-CHOICE. The fact that you say women can choose for themselves is why the word "CHOICE" is used.

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 13, 2009 5:45:42 PM


  24. I've always been a registered independent but I'd switch for Meghan!

    Posted by: AS13 | Apr 13, 2009 6:18:58 PM


  25. megan is a breath of fresh air.

    she pro-life, but she doesn't judge somebody who is pro-choice. I think that alone tells me that she's open minded. the choice of words is still a bit confusing, but her being pro-life is her opinion. and if she doesn't want to force her ideals on somebody else, then more power to her.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 13, 2009 6:37:31 PM


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