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Watch: Ken Mehlman Tells GOP to Embrace Marriage Equality


Ken Mehlman, who during his eight-year stint as RNC Chair and Bush campaign manager encouraged the religious right-wing to oppose gays, enabled the Republicans on a state level to put anti-LGBT referenda on the ballot to boost the GOP's Evangelical voter turn-out, and allowed Bush to say he would veto ENDA, tells the Big Think:

"I do hope the Republican Party in the future, will look in the mirror and leaders in the party will think about where we stand and say, 'You know what? The party of Lincoln ought to be about letting adults who love each other to be married.' And the party of Lincoln ought to be about giving people more personal freedom. And the party of Lincoln, frankly, ought to be about encouraging the community that is built when two people who love each other decide they’re going to spend their whole lives together. And that requires people to look in the mirror and it requires people in the past who haven’t been on that side, to think about where they want to be on this issue."

To my knowledge, Mehlman has expressed regret for coming out as late as he did, but has never publicly apologized to the gay community for his actions.


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  1. F*ck him, nasty opportunist.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Dec 10, 2010 8:48:29 AM

  2. Gee, sorry for being such a scumbag all these years.

    Now that I'm well past my due date, I thought I'd better try and pull the wool over your eyes just one more time in the vain hope someone, somewhere might take me seriously.

    I'm a Republican after all, my word is golden.

    Posted by: protogenes | Dec 10, 2010 8:54:44 AM

  3. Like the GOP will listen to this liar and hypocrite? Now that they know for sure his is one of us...they have probably disowned him.

    Posted by: Rann | Dec 10, 2010 8:57:38 AM

  4. Ugly on the inside and out.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 10, 2010 9:01:05 AM

  5. Two faces are rarely pretty!

    And, Mr. Mehlman has proven this while leaving no possible doubt.

    Posted by: Fred | Dec 10, 2010 9:02:09 AM

  6. Today's GOP bears **no resemblance whatsoever** to the Republican party of President Lincoln's era.

    Posted by: Josh | Dec 10, 2010 9:03:09 AM

  7. Just a glimpse of his ugly puss makes me want to blow chunks!!!

    Posted by: realitythink | Dec 10, 2010 9:04:50 AM

  8. With friends like Ken Mehlman who needs enemies.

    Posted by: MT | Dec 10, 2010 9:13:58 AM

  9. Not only do this man's prior efforts to enshrine anti-gay discrimination in state constitutions around the country in order to win an election dramatically reduce the number of states where we presently have a realistic shot of advancing marriage equality but he STILL, while proclaiming that he has seen the light, continues to fund some of the most vile of anti-gay, anti-equality homophobes in the country.

    As described at

    "Look him up on, and you'll see that Kenneth Mehlman has given money to a wide range of politicians working to take away rights for LGBT Americans.

    There's $2,400 to Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, who has voted to add a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage, as well as to ban gay adoption.

    There's $2,400 to Sen. John McCain, who wants to keep gay servicemembers out of the military.

    There's $1,000 to Ben Quayle, who is running for Congress in Arizona and who just labeled Barack Obama the worst President in history, and who just sent out a mailer to voters touting his opposition to marriage equality.

    There's $2,400 to Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who voted to keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in place (and who himself is subject to lots of rumors about his sexual orientation).

    There's $2,400 to Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett, who tried to stop marriage equality from becoming a reality in Washington, D.C.

    And the list goes on and on and includes Republicans like Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, Bob Corker, Richard Shelby, and Johnny Isakson, all of whom have taken positions completely contrary to full equality for LGBT Americans."

    Did Mehlman call McCain over these past months and ask him, in consideration of that maximum allowed contribution, to stop his assault on gay and lesbian service members? I suspect not.

    Mehlman should skip the PSAs and instead sell that $4million condo he bought in Chelsea on the backs of harassed LGBT youth with the wages of his gay bashing, move into a studio in Jersey City and donate his sales proceeds to organizations working to undo the damage he's wrought. Then I'll believe he's sincere in any regret of his prior crimes. Not gonna happen, because the truth is that Roy Blunt, Ben Quayle and John McCain still mean more, and always will mean more, to him than any of those who've suffered as a result of his contributions to bigotry and discrimination in our society.

    Posted by: Patric | Dec 10, 2010 9:24:47 AM

  10. go away, you horse-faced reprobate. i am at a loss for words to describe your infamy. your disregard for human rights and equality is unforgettable and unforgivable.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 10, 2010 9:36:01 AM

  11. The GOP will ALWAYS HATE Gay people as long as thier Base are Inbred Wackjob Religious Nutz.......Ol' Kenny might as well speak to a wall..he'd get a better response.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 10, 2010 9:37:07 AM

  12. It's good that he is doing this, but definitely won't atone for helping create an environment where gay teens feel they have no other purpose than to kill themselves. He will always be looking at the political calculus. Sorry, but he must be trying to impress some young twink who is more into giving back to the community,, than in actually giving anything.

    Posted by: Stevetalbert | Dec 10, 2010 9:50:21 AM

  13. And let's not even start talking about how he has helped adopt policies that have set our country back decades and generations because that is off topic.

    Posted by: Stevetalbert | Dec 10, 2010 9:52:05 AM

  14. If I saw this man on the street I might actually be compelled to spit on him.

    Posted by: Critifur | Dec 10, 2010 9:56:54 AM

  15. A little late, Ken, don't you think?

    Posted by: james Brown | Dec 10, 2010 9:57:31 AM

  16. Can't buy your way into Heaven, Ken.

    Posted by: naughtylola | Dec 10, 2010 10:00:22 AM

  17. I'm so upset that respectable media actually gives this man a platform. The magnitude of damage he's inflicted in our community is far reaching, and now that he's decided he wants to be one of us, somehow he gets a pass. Nobody in the media is holding him to task for all he did to us. disgusting. upsetting. Gosh, I'm SO angry I've lost the power to cuss.

    Posted by: JEFFREY in the Bronx | Dec 10, 2010 10:16:27 AM

  18. Go away and stop talking!

    Posted by: kevin | Dec 10, 2010 10:19:33 AM

  19. Yes, Please go away! And do the GLBT community a favor and stop talking!!!

    Posted by: Roseann | Dec 10, 2010 10:37:35 AM

  20. I wish I could share your restraint, Critifur.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 10, 2010 10:38:53 AM

  21. And now Mehlman's raising money for AFER, the group behind the Olson/Boies marriage case. I hope they have an elaborate disinfecting routine for that very dirty money before they put it in the bank.

    Posted by: Z | Dec 10, 2010 10:40:52 AM

  22. Hey, if he raises some bucks for the cause, great, but he will never be anything other than a traitor in my book. Way too little, way too late.

    Posted by: Glenn | Dec 10, 2010 10:45:36 AM

  23. I'm usually first in line to say forgive and forget. Not in this case. The penance does not nearly make up for the crime.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 10, 2010 11:04:02 AM

  24. Patric nailed it. If ya mean it, Kenny, STOP giving money to Repugs who oppose marriage equality AND condemn them for it!

    Posted by: | Dec 10, 2010 11:59:06 AM

  25. Makes Robert Pattinson look pretty.

    Posted by: Timothy | Dec 10, 2010 12:20:21 PM

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