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Former Republican party chairman comes out as gay

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  1. Although I welcome him to the cause, this is a guy who helped orchestrate a policy throughout the US to ensure that gay marriage bans were on as many ballots as possible in the 2004 election so that the religious right would come out in large numbers to ensure a George Bush victory. This conversion is a good thing but I hope he isn’t given an easy ride and I hope that he is never ever described as courageous because he isn’t.

  2. “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life . . . I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive . . . It’s something I wish I had done years ago.”

    And he didn’t tell them years ago because he was waiting until the people with strength and courage had laid the groundwork for it to be easy for him. Chicken!

  3. Gosh that statement of his sounds familiar…..gay politicians not supporting (gay) marriage and equality – can’t understand this, gay orgs not supporting (gay) marriage and equality – really really can’t understand ….

    “…potential legislation of SS marrriage…” – have I missed something?

  4. I hope people cut him some slack and realise that he is trying to make amends and make changes to the party. If he is given too much of a rough rise then it will not encourage others to follow suit. If you look at the Tory party it needed some out gay politicians in order to be able to move on and change.

  5. He’s a self-hating, disgusting scumbag.

    He deserves every condemnation for his repellant behaviour over the years.

    Why wasn’t he outed long ago.

    Involuntary outing is entirely appropriate for scum like him.

    He could have lessened the horrific homophobia of the George Bush presidency when he was in a position of power.

    instead he colluded with it and only after he has left politics does he announce he is gay and offer a meaningless apology for his horrific behaviour.

    People like him make me sick.

    He is utterly lacking in any integrity.

  6. “I hope people cut him some slack and realise that he is trying to make amends and make changes to the party.”

    Why should he be cut ANY slack.

    “If you look at the Tory party it needed some out gay politicians in order to be able to move on and change. ”

    But I don’t recall any closeted Tory politicians actively promoting homophobic bigotry though.

    A closeted gay politician who ACTIVELY encourages bigotry, like this pathetic worm is the most dangerous type of politician.

    Now that he is a private citizen he is campaigning for marriage equality. Fair enough.

    When he was a person with influence, he used that influence to make states hold referenda to ban marriage equality.

    The massive damage he has caused cannot be repaired by some mealy mouthed, pathetic, change of heart. It is too little, too late.

  7. Totally with Stephen C on this one. Coming out late is a personal choice.
    However, coming out late having presided over a presidency which used homophobia as a rallying cry at the ballot box smacks of the Nuremberg defence. Now his influence is next to nowt he wants to kiss and makeup with the community he turned his back on when it really mattered?
    Well he’s got a lot of digging to do to dig himself out of that moral pit.
    The one shred of respect I have for him is at least he didn’t go the Haggard route and announce he was spending time away from politics to “overcome his issue with same sex attraction with the support of his church and family”.

  8. de Villiers 26 Aug 2010, 12:59pm

    > He’s a self-hating, disgusting scumbag. He deserves every condemnation for his repellant behaviour over the years. Why wasn’t he outed long ago. Involuntary outing is entirely appropriate for scum like him. He could have lessened the horrific homophobia of the George Bush presidency when he was in a position of power. instead he colluded with it and only after he has left politics does he announce he is gay and offer a meaningless apology for his horrific behaviour. People like him make me sick. He is utterly lacking in any integrity.

    Change a few words and it could be thumping bible basher speaking, with the usual combination of ego and hate.

  9. it’s one thing being in the closet it’s another actively attacking gay people and supporting those who do. This guy supported some pretty nasty people and may have indirectly contributed to murder of gay people bush made it clear he hates gay people. he must be feeling proud I personally think he is a bad one

  10. He has a lot in common with StonewallUK, helped to prevent full marriage equality from ever coming to fruition. Now lets see if StonewallUK has an epiphany, but I won’t hold my breathe on that one.

  11. “Change a few words and it could be thumping bible basher speaking, with the usual combination of ego and hate. ”

    Except that my condemnation of this repellant scumbag is based ENTIRELY on his actions which have been witnessed and recorded.

    The biblebashers use a badly written work of fiction as justification for their condemnation.

    Can you see the difference?

  12. Bill Perdue 26 Aug 2010, 2:43pm

    Mehlman is a self loathing ‘homosexual’ Republican bigot. There’s nothing gay about him. He’ll get no sympathy or forgiveness from us.

    Mehlman, Like Obama is a political hustler who sells out to the highest bidder. He did incalculable damage to our agenda. But not as much as Obama.

    The history of Obama’s twists and turns regarding same sex marriage:

    1996: In response to a questionnaire from Chicago’s Outlines newspaper (now part of Windy City Times), Obama, a candidate for an Illinois state senate seat representing Chicago, writes, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

    1998: Responding to an Illinois State Legislative National Political Awareness Test: “Q: Do you believe that the Illinois government should recognize same-sex marriages? A: Undecided.

    2004: In an interview with Windy City Times, Obama mentions the religious dimension of the gay marriage debate, says he supports civil unions, and indicates that his stance is dictated in large part by political strategy…

    2006: In his bestseller, The Audacity of Hope, Obama, now a U.S. senator, explains his support for civil unions, again mentioning religion and noting the strategic problems that the push for gay marriage poses.

    2008: At Rick Warrens evangelical bigotfest in California Obama said “For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God’s in the mix…”

    Obama’s position on same-sex marriage is identical to that of “Miss California”, Carrie Prejean, who said “I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman…”

    In an interview with MTV, Obama says he opposes Prop 8, but also gay marriage. Civil unions, the candidate says, are sufficient: “I have stated my opposition to [Prop 8]. I think it is unnecessary. I believe that marriage is between a man and woman and I am not in favor of gay marriage…”

    2010 : After the Perry decision, which struck down Prop 8, the White House said “The president has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.” Meanwhile, White House senior adviser David Axelrod tells MSNBC that Obama “does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples. … He supports civil unions. That’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.”

    Timeline from the The New Republic and other sources. Emphasis mine.

  13. The republican party’s only reason for being anti-gay is to garner votes.

    I read years ago that former president Bush (George W) had/has many gay (platonic relationships) friends. Laura has been in favor of gay rightsand marriage for years, as has Cindy (John) McCain.

    Their anti-gay stance is purely political. It gets those right wing christians, and there are a lot of them, off their hog farms, into their pickups and into the “wicked” city to vote for a “godfearing” republican.

    “Nobody ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

  14. de Villiers 26 Aug 2010, 4:04pm

    > The biblebashers use a badly written work of fiction as justification for their condemnation. Can you see the difference?

    I can see the similarity in temperament – ready to judge, eager to condemn, ease with hatred.

  15. yeah bill bring back bush cause he loves you and so will palin.

    you muppet

  16. As to weather he is sick “in the head” or not I won’t comment, however; the fact that it took some 43 years to “figure out” his true sexual orientation does mean he has diffinate issues.

    I wonder if the republicans are even now trying to find the “sleeper gay” who converted him?

  17. This guy should be chastised in the press. He voted against gay rights and helped make our lives miserable during that administration. Some articles are applauding this guy. I say he should be held accountable, and he should be pressured to give an apology…as it turns out, to his own people.

  18. What was the statement about “beware of those(? word) bearing gifts?

    I’m really concerned that this whole scene, and many republicans suddenly coming out for gay marriage is just a scam, along with the mad tea party republcians, to gain power.

    And once they get power, look out anything can happen. The base of the party is the USAs southern bible belt of rednecks, crackers andd a whole bunch of other names for ignorant christian followers of yes vicious christian ministers

    They are of the same religious culture that gave us slavery. And after the civil war gave us the KKK hate group, and segregation of blacks.

    Bigots don’t change their stripes. Right now they are too busy bashing pr. Obama to regain control. This could be the election in the USA best described as 1933 – when hitler took over germany.

    And if the repubs win big, all of a sudden will come the knock on the door, and the death camps –

    Germany was far more cultured. The USA is really a vicious nation of “kill and be killed economic capitalism”, along with a gun culture that gives us a gun murder rate 80 times that of England, population adjusted.

    Nice country we live in. If God gave me a second life, I’d want to be a gay man in eg Sweden or Norway. Where almost no one cares what your sexual orientation is, I bet they really don’t have “gay bars” etc. The way it should be.

  19. A gay republican. Who’d have thought it. What is the world coming to? :D

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