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Ken Mehlman

In 2005, The GOP Apologized For Exploiting Racial Polarization

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton tied Donald Trump to the “alt-right,” a white people’s movement that isn’t racist, it just thinks white people are better. The...

Look Past the Flag: The Real GOP Problem Is a Half-Century of Promoting Racial Division for Political Advantage

David Paul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
David Paul

Events in South Carolina over the past two weeks have demonstrated that the racially-targeted political strategy that Richard Nixon set in motion to assure his own electoral victory fifty years ago remains deeply ingrained in the GOP.

Amanda Terkel

Dennis Hastert Hid His Skeletons As He Pushed Anti-Gay Agenda | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2004 elections, George W. Bush's campaign, managed by a closeted gay man, pushed a series of anti-gay ballot initiatives acro...

The Worst Problem With Jo Becker's Book on 'The Fight for Marriage Equality'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The omissions in the book are certainly egregious. But throwing Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor under the bus while comparing Chad Griffin to a woman who refused to sit at the back of the bus is truly horrendous.

Andrew Sullivan Doubles Down On Criticism Of NYT Reporter

The Dish | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

When your premise is that the marriage equality revolution began in 2008, that the movement was only then re-branded around the themes of family value...

On the Shoulders of Dwarfs

James Moore | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
James Moore

We can assume that we are not as far along as we would be in the effort to provide equality if Mehlman, Rove, Bush, and McKinnon were as interested in their country as they were their own craven self interests and ambitions for power and money. Forgive them if you wish. I cannot.

Ken Mehlman: GOP Evolution On Gay Marriage Is Personal

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who came out as gay in 2010, believes GOP politicians' views on same-sex marriage are affec...

Video: Inside Look at AFER Team Bringing Prop 8 Case to Supreme Court

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

As the Prop 8 case finally reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday, AFER took a camera crew along to document all the behind-the-scenes excitement. The result: an exclusive inside look as the Prop 8 plaintiffs, attorneys, and board finally reached the Supreme Court.

Is the Age of Bush Over? Jeb Needs to Step Up His Game If He Is Going to Take Back the GOP

David Paul | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
David Paul

For the first time in decades -- perhaps since his father denounced Ronald Reagan's voodoo economics in the 1980 primaries -- the old Republican playbook has run its course. In the chaos of today's GOP, Jeb Bush can actually write his own script.

Hypocrisy on Parade: Ken Mehlman and the Reporter Who Wouldn't Let Him Lie

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Media
James Moore

Eric Resnick did not want to ask the question. He felt an obligation, though, because other reporters were avoiding the subject. They ought to have long ago confronted Ken Mehlman about the contradictions between his politics and his personal life.

Michelangelo Signorile

Former RNC Chairman On Being In the Closet, Gay Marriage: 'I Didn't Speak Up, And I Wish I Had' | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“When you’re in the closet, it’s hard to think about things in the same kind of, I would say, holistic and honest way you think about things whe...

Ryan J. Reilly

Reiner At Supreme Court For Gay Marriage Arguments | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Director Rob Reiner was the first person in the public line for the Supreme Court's oral arguments over California's Proposition 8 on Tu...

How Show Biz Helped Drive a Post Prop 8 Public Opinion Swing Shift

Ted Johnson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ted Johnson

That swing of public opinion is a contrast to the much slower timing of past civil rights struggles, and explanations are open for debate. But more than a few have attributed the acceptance to entertainment.

Is Gay Marriage Really a Conservative Cause?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

It's true that conservatives ought to embrace same-sex marriage, and their recent support has been hugely helpful. But it's one thing to say same-sex marriage is consistent with conservative values, and quite another to claim it as a conservative cause.

Jason Linkins

NYT Magazine Publishes Must-Read On GOP's Failures | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

Much has been written about the woeful campaign run by Mitt Romney and the now-widely lambasted gaggle of ancient consultants who've grifted and graft...

Lila Shapiro

Romney Adviser On Supporting Gay Marriage: 'We've Got To Start To Modernize' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A year and a half after former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to oppose efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, his leading adviser dur...

Amanda Terkel

Ken Mehlman Launches Project To Build Conservative Support For Marriage Equality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since widespread Democratic wins on Election Day, Republicans have been searching for ways to reach out to new voters -- beyond their tr...

Amanda Terkel

Marriage Equality Group Seeks Support From Young Conservatives | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As support for marriage equality continues to grow, a significant number of conservative hold-outs still insist that marriage must remai...

Ken Mehlman, I Don't Forgive You

Noah Baron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Baron

As support for marriage equality has grown, more and more public figures who previously opposed it have decided that it is now safe to "come out" for it. The question now facing our community is whether we forgive them.

Gay Former Bush Campaign Official: 'I Am Sorry' For '04 Anti-Gay Marriage Push

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Ken Mehlman, the former Republican National Committee chairman and President George W. Bush re-election campaign manager who came out as gay in August...

Amanda Terkel

Dick Cheney Headlining John Boehner Fundraiser | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a group of Bush administration and campaign alumni are hosting a fundraiser for House Speaker John...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP's Ken Mehlman, Christine Todd Whitman Back Gay Marriage Campaign | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A unlikely group of high-profile Republicans and Democrats is banding together for a new campaign aimed at swaying moderates in support ...

Sam Stein

Rick Perry Signs Anti-Gay Marriage Pledge Before Mingling With Virulently Anti-Gay Activist | Sam Stein | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans who support gay rights have seen their brief hopes for Rick Perry's candidacy dashed as old quotes surface, new pledges are ...

Matt Sledge

After Marriage Equality Vote, Will New York's Gay Voters Give Republicans Another Shot? | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York

Being gay, Republican, and a citizen of the overwhelmingly liberal state of New York has not always been an easy balancing act. But Friday's passage o...

Sam Stein

Money Was The Key Ingredient In New York's Gay Marriage Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The passage of historic legislation legalizing same sex marriage in the state of New York last Friday was owed in large part to a compel...