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Ken Mehlman Organizes Republican Brief

Posted on: March 1, 2013

Former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Kenneth Mehlman has organized a brief in support of striking down California’s Proposition 8. Supported now by more than 100 Republicans, many of them prominent party members, the brief calls for the Supreme Court to recognize that the right to wed is a constitutional right to be given to all.


Through a series of conversations with fellow Republican Party members, Ken Mehlman acted as the driving force that really got the legal brief going. He came out as gay in 2010, and since then he’s leveraged his political prowess to help move the LGBT agenda forward perhaps more than any other Republican politician in the country.


It’s the fact that Mehlman urges Conservatives to join the cause not in spite of it being against their values, but rather for being in line with their values. He has pushed forward the case for same-sex marriage by simply pointing out many of the key parts of being a Conservative Republican—less government, more freedom, strong family values—and talking about how same-sex marriage strengthens them.


That same argument may also carry some weight in the Supreme Court, which is why the brief is so significant. “We are trying to say to the Court that we are judicial and political conservatives, and it is consistent with our values and philosophy for you to overturn Proposition 8,” Ken Mehlman told the Times.


The bold move has not gone unrewarded, either. Since announcing the brief, dozens more Republicans have added their names to the list of supporters for striking down Proposition 8. It seems the time has finally come for many Republicans to change their tune. When all is said and done, this may end up being the most opportune chance for politicians to announce their support, as people like Jon Huntsman, Meg Whitman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ken Duberstein, and many more have done in the past few weeks.


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