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Gawker: Ken Mehlman Must Never Have Sex Again

KenMehlmanKen Mehlman is that closeted Republican fellow who ran George W.'s reelection campaign in 2004. He uncloseted himself in 2010, and since then he's been a barnstormer for LGBT rights. Now he's made the Out 100 -- that august list of 100 "LGBT movers and shakers who made big impressions on the cultural and social fabrics of this year."

Brian Moylan, of Gawker, is having none of it. (Neither's Joe, of Joe My God, but Moylan approaches his disgust more pro-actively.) Writes Moylan:

... shouldn't [Mehlman] have been fighting for gay marriage, oh, I don't know, when he was helping to run the Republican party? Shouldn't he have cared how these votes were going to go before they happened rather than fighting to reverse them now that they have?

Thanks to Ken Mehlman, we need to fight even harder to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states. Good thing he's going to help, because it's going to take a lot of extra work to reach that goal, in part due to his handiwork. At the time I was working at the Washington Blade, the country's oldest and largest gay newspaper, and we tried like hell to find proof of the gay rumors so we could out the bastard while he was still in power. We never got the chance, and he came out himself in 2010.

... we have to do something to punish Mr. Mehlman for all he's done while still giving him credit for his accomplishments. I have a suggestion. As of this day, every gay man in the world (or at least America) should pledge that they will never sleep with Ken Mehlman. No kissing, no touching, no handies in the bathroom at a Log Cabin convention. Nothing! Yes, he is allowed to be gay and to fight for gay civil rights, but for his past sins, he should be rendered completely celibate. You can date him, you can go to parties with him, and you can invite him to your fundraisers, but don't you so much as dare do anything below the belt ... This is the price all traitors should pay -- a long, lonely life of frustrated misery.

Ken Mehlman Confronted at Bar After NY Marriage Equality Victory: VIDEO


Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman, who The Daily Beast reported this week has exerted his fundraising influence in recent months in efforts to sway Republicans on marriage equality, was confronted at a bar by activist Jon Winkleman while celebrating the New York victory on Friday night.

Demands Winkleman: "Weren't you responsible for the FMA and all the anti-gay marriage the former head of the RNC?"

Replies Mehlman: "I'm focused on other stuff...including New York stuff now."

Winkleman scolds Mehlman before being told "good night" by his companions.

Explained Winkleman of the ambush: "I know he helped with the efforts to pass marriage in NY but he still supports those who do us harm. Also his cynical anti-LGBT campaigns at the RNC fanned the flames of hate and violent hate crimes increased in the districts they focused. LGBT people were hurt...physically, because of Mehlman's actions. So of course I had to go over and say something."


Michelangelo Signorile played audio of this clip in his radio show yesterday, and then asked callers whether the LGBT community should forgive Ken Mehlman for his past transgressions and move on, given the trajectory he now appears to be on (with the NY marriage fundraising, and also as a fundraiser for the fight against Prop 8) as an out man? Most of Signorile's callers appeared to be unforgiving, at least for now. Others disagree.

What are your thoughts?

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NY Senator Greg Ball Wanted Dick Cheney to Campaign for Him in Exchange for Marriage 'Yes' Vote


A few odds and ends on last week's historic vote in New York.

New York's marriage equality victory gets the Taiwanese animation treatment.


The NYT has an interesting follow-up piece on last Friday's marriage equality victory and some of the dealmaking that went on to get it done, as well as how it nearly fell apart.

Ball One interesting bit in the piece regards Senator Greg Ball, who voted "no" but used his status as an undecided to soak up media attention in the days and weeks before doing so. Ball tried to make a deal that he would vote "yes" if Dick Cheney would come campaign for him:

The advocates privately chortled. Mr. Cheney had recently had major heart surgery and the possibility that he would travel to New York to endorse a state senator seemed beyond slim.

Mr. Ball, of Putnam County, eventually voted no. But he said he did not regret his request.

“As far as Cheney,” he explained by e-mail, “we suggested the need to have nationally prominent conservatives ready to support moderate Republicans willing to support either civil unions or marriage equality, in tough primaries.

”Hopefully, they listened, because some of these voting yes are going to have a tough re-election fights.”

The Daily Beast calls Ken Mehlman an "unlikely hero" in NY's marriage equality victory:

On June 6, two weeks before the legislative session was officially set to end, Mehlman was back in the state capitol to drive his argument home. He met one-on-one with 13 lawmakers, including the four Republican state senators who eventually voted in favor of the bill. Mehlman took pains not to draw too much attention to his efforts. As his friend, Bill Smith, political director at the Gill Action Fund, a gay-rights organization that orchestrated the conservative lobbying in New York, puts it, “he has been careful not to leave many fingerprints, like people who are looking for credit.” But the four Republican votes ended a deadlocked legislative session and made New York the sixth, largest, and most influential state to adopt same-sex marriage.

Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell talks about the victory in a CNN interview.

Divorce lawyers are excited about the news.

Clips of Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Senator Tom Duane at the NYC Pride parade, and Next Media Animation's clip about the marriage equality victory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Lobbying NY Lawmakers on Same-Sex Marriage Bill: VIDEO

Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman is in Albany, New York today lobbying lawmakers on marriage equality, the New York Daily News reports:

Ken_mehlman Mehlman said he told the GOP senators that legalizing gay marriage is consistent with the Republican "interests and also the Republican principles."
He said it's clear from polls there's been a big shift toward voter support of same-sex marriage.
"In terms of Republican values and principles, when you think about it, a party that stands for freedom, a party that wants to promote more families and family values, and a party that tries to live by The Golden Rule, it seems to be me for all those reasons ought to be supportive of this issue," Mehlman said.

Added Mehlman, according to Politics on the Hudson: “I’m hopeful and confident from the discussions I’ve had, and others have had, that there will be an up-or-down vote and that the vote will be positive because, again, I think that as people as look at this issue, they recognize that it is consistent with what their constituents want, most importantly, and second it’s consistent with the values they espouse and certainly many of the Republican stand for."

Mehlman, who was also the architect of the 2004 Bush reelection campaign and worked actively at that time to push anti-gay marriage initiatives in several states, came out of the closet publicly last August. Since that time he has remained largely under the radar working behind-the-scenes to generate funds toward pro-equality initiatives. Last September, he co-hosted a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group challenging Proposition 8 at the federal level. 

Watch Mehlman speak to reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #843

KEN MEHLMAN: The former Bush advisor speaks to gay conservative group GOProud.

CHUCK COLSON: Right-wing evangelical wingnut rails against Gay-Straight Alliances.

IT GETS BETTER: Vancouver Gay Men's Chorus.

RIPPED PAPER: Nothing funnier, to this baby.

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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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