Does Ken Mehlman's coming out reflect progress on social issues within the GOP?
Sep 03, 2010
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“Yes, I think the Republicans are getting more comfortable with diversity. Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian. Sarah Palin’s daughter gave birth out of wedlock. Whether they like it or not, Republicans are being forced to accept diversity. This gentleman is the latest example.”
“No, Republicans are still lagging behind the times. They’ve always opposed LGBT rights. It’s going to take more than one person coming out to change the homophobia within the party. It’s a shame he didn’t do this earlier, when he had more influence over policy.”
“As a Republican, I would hope it shows a change. I think it reflects a slow, small change that eventually will grow. But it won’t happen overnight. I’m more liberal than most of my fellow party members.”
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“Not necessarily. I think it’s his personal choice, and we shouldn’t read anything more into it. His coming out hasn’t changed my perspective on the Republican Party. It will be interesting to see how he’s treated. I don’t have a lot of optimism that the Republican Party will welcome him with open arms.”