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GOP Chair Michael Steele: Gay Marriage Bad for Small Businesses

GOP chair Michael Steele tried to cast same-sex marriage as an enemy of small business at the Georgia Republican Party convention over the weekend.

Steele The AP reports: "Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage. 'Now all of a sudden I've got someone who wasn't a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,' Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. 'So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.'''

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RNC Chair Michael Steele Blasts Maine Marriage Equality Decision

Writes Steele in a statement:

Steele "Our party platform articulates our opposition to gay marriage and civil unions, positions shared by many Americans. I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman and strongly disagree with Maine’s decision to legalize gay marriage."

The Plum Line notes that Steele's statement "puts him at odds with Maine’s moderate Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both said today the decision should be left to the states."

Strange, in GQ in March, Steele said the issue should be left to the states. He must have received an abusive phone call from Rush Limbaugh.

Signorile and Florida RNC Chair Debate Republican Strategy, Steele


Michelangelo Signorile and Florida RNC Chair Jim Greer appeared on CNN with Don Lemon over the weekend to discuss Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, who recently said that his war with radio host Rush Limbaugh was part of a grand master plan.

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RNC Chair Michael Steele: Rush Limbaugh War was 'Strategic'

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, RNC Chair Michael Steele says his prolonged feud with Rush Limbaugh was part of a "strategic" master plan.

Steele Says Steele: "If I do something there's a reason for it. It may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There's a rationale behind it."

He says the rationale behind his Rush Limbaugh plan was that he wanted to "see what the landscape looks like, see who yells the loudest. I want to know who says they're with me , but really isn't...It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand you know, where the enemy camp is and where those who inside the tent are."

His master plan doesn't extend to his future political aspirations, apparently. Because he also says he's never thought of running for president, and if he does, it's because it's God's plan, not his.

I wonder what his "strategies" are behind his views on gays and abortion?

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #452

KILL BILL IN 1 MINUTE: I've never even seen Kill Bill, and this entertained me.

BEAR POLE DANCE: If it feels good do it.

RNC CHAIR MICHAEL STEELE: Clueless on the First Amendment.

BILL O'REILLY: People on the street react to O'Reillys audiobook.

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Michael Steele: Gay Not a Choice, Abortion an 'Individual Choice'

RNC Chair Michael Steele tells GQ he believes that being gay isn't a choice:

Michaelsteele "Oh, no. I don’t think I’ve ever really subscribed to that view, that you can turn it on and off like a water tap. Um, you know, I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that, uh, you just can’t simply say, oh, like, 'Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being gay.' It’s like saying, 'Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black.'”

He also talks about same-sex marriage:

"Well, my position is, hey, look, I have been, um, supportive of a lot of my friends who are gay in some of the core things that they believe are important to them. You know, the ability to be able to share in the information of your partner, to have the ability to—particularly in times of crisis—to manage their affairs and to help them through that as others—you know, as family members or others—would be able to do. I just draw the line at the gay marriage. And that’s not antigay, no. Heck no! It’s just that, you know, from my faith tradition and upbringing, I believe that marriage—that institution, the sanctity of it—is reserved for a man and a woman. That’s just my view. And I’m not gonna jump up and down and beat people upside the head about it, and tell gays that they’re wrong for wanting to aspire to that, and all of that craziness. That’s why I believe that the states should have an opportunity to address that issue..."

He says it's a state issue:

"Absolutely. Just as a general principle, I don’t like mucking around with the Constitution. I’m sorry, I just don’t. I think, you know, in a pluralistic, dynamic society as the one that we have, every five years you can have a constitutional convention about something, you know? I don’t think we should be, you know, dancing around and trying to amend it every time I’ve got a social issue or a political issue or a business issue that I want to get addressed. Having said that, I think that the states are the best laboratory, the best place for those decisions to be made, because they will then reflect the majority of the community in which the issue is raised. And that’s exactly what a republic is all about."

The RNC head also shifts his views on abortion, saying it's a woman's right to choose:

"Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice. […] I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter. The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide."

Think Progress notes the statement's shift from the past: "As recently as November 2008, he supported the GOP platform on a constitutional ban on abortion, although he was “skeptical” of tinkering with the Constitution."

All I can think is that somehow this is all gonna really piss off the leader of the Republican party Rush Limbaugh.


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