08/04/2010 08:14 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sam Stein On CNN: Gay Marriage Has Moved Beyond Left And Right

HuffPost political reporter Sam Stein joined the panel on CNN's "John King USA" Wednesday night to discuss Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure which banned same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.

Stein made the case that gay marriage has become an issue that is no longer strictly partisan. "I'll cite as evidence Steve Schmidt, the guy who ran John McCain's presidential campaign, who made a very big show going in front of the Log Cabin Republicans a while back saying conservatives need to realize that this is an issue of fundamental rights," he said. "I think that it is actually not a political issue, it's a philosophical one."


Later, the panel discussed the relative low profile of social issues in midterm election campaigns. Stein said that's logical given the persistently high unemployment rate, but noted too that Democrats have made little effort to fight the expansion of gun rights or restrictions on abortion rights.