Last week, Meghan McCain came forward with her belief that the GOP needs to stand for equality for all citizens, including GLBT Americans. Now, a similar message comes from her daddy’s campaign strategist:
In a very bold move for a Republican strategist, Steve Schmidt, is taking the political capitol he earned as senior campaign advisor for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and publically calling on the GOP to support same-sex marriage.
According to excerpts of the speech released to CNN, Schmidt plans to address the Log Cabin Republican’s National Convention today by telling the audience “There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage.” He will continue, saying “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.”
Schmidt, who has made no secret of his close relationship to his lesbian sister and her partner, will frame the fight for marriage equality as a civil rights issue, analogous to women’s suffrage. He also plans to admonish conservatives who argue same-sex couples pose a threat to heterosexual marriages. “It cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is un-American or threatens the rights of others,” Schmidt will say. “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.”
In making the argument, Schmidt is putting himself at odds with the positions of both John McCain and Sarah Palin, whose 2008 campaign he ran. However, with the GOP in shambles after the loss of the White House and Congress, Schmidt appears to be calling upon not only on his personal beliefs but his tactical experience as a political operative.
by Victor Maldonado from Pam’s House Blend: McCain Strategist Calls on GOP to Support Marriage Equality