Prominent Republicans, Including Meg Whitman, Sign Brief In Support of Gay Marriage

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Many Republicans are coming around to accepting and supporting gay marriage. Dozens of prominent Republicans including Christine Todd Whitman and David Stockman, have signed a legal brief arguing that gays have a constitutional right to marry. That position is the opposite of what many right wing evangelicals believe. This points to a schism within the GOP that has widened since the shellacking the party took in the November election. The document will be submitted later this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans, the New York Times reports.

Among them are Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York; Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress.


But the presence of so many well-known former officials — including Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, and William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts — suggests that once Republicans are out of public life they feel freer to speak out against the party’s official platform, which calls for amending the Constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.” Source


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RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says "Some White Republicans Scared of Me"

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is spouting off again. This time he said that some white Republicans are scared of him. During an appearance on NewsOne’s Washington Watch Sunday, host Roland Martin asked him about bringing in more African American voters to the Republican party. 

According to The Hill, Martin said, “One of the criticisms I’ve always had is Republicans — white Republicans — have been scared of black folks,” Martin said.

“You’re absolutely right. I mean I’ve been in the room and they’ve been scared of me,” Steele said. “I’m like, ‘I’m on your side’ and so I can imagine going out there and talking to someone like you, you know, [say] ‘I’ll listen.’ And they’re like, ‘Well.'”

Watch the video here.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says "Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be ‘Disappointed’ In Country’s Leadership"

RNC Chairman Michael Steele is at it again. He told students at a historically black Philander Smith College, in Arkansas yesterday that Martin Luther King Jr. would be disappointed with President Obama. He said, “Dr. King would be disappointed in the political leadership of this country for failing to address the least of us.” Really? I beg to differ. He needs to stop using Dr. King’s name to score political points. That’s just low and dirty. He faulted both the Democrats and the Republicans for failing to address poverty and said the GOP must take steps to win over black voters. If the GOP thinks sending this clown in to win black voters, they have wasted their precious resources. Add that with the racism being pushed by fringe elements of the Republican Party. That spells doom for the GOP attracting black voters.

Think Progress points out that a student approached the microphone and asked, “In all seriousness, I’m curious what you think that Dr. King would think about your party’s current attempts to block universal health care?” “It’s a great myth that we’re doing all this blocking. I wish we had that kind of control with the numbers, but we don’t,” Steele responded. “As I’ve said to the president many times, ‘If that’s the bill you want, vote it up or down.'”

Michael Steele, if you cared so much about poverty in this country, what do you propose to do to help the millions of people who fall below the poverty line in this country? To take it a step further, why did you have to raise the issue of poverty at a historically black college? Isn’t that a little racial too?I have yet to hear him bring this up in other venues. He has been pulling the race card lately and that will only backfire. What Dr. King would be disgusted with is your lack of decorum and effectiveness as the leader of the RNC.