Quote of the Day: Mehlman Apologizes for the 2004 Campaign

More

The gay former Republican National Committee chair regrets his party's use of gay-marriage prohibitions as a wedge issue.

mehlmanapology.banner.getty.jpg

Speaking to Salon for an article about the turning tide on gay marriage, former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman has done something gays and lesbians have been demanding for some time: He has apologized for the 2004 presidential race, in which the GOP used gay marriage as a powerful wedge issue, launching referendums in eleven states. Saying it now seems clear that opposing marriage equality now seems both futile and suicidal for his party, he added this:

"At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort," he says. "As I've been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I've learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I'll do my part to be helpful."

Mehlman came out in this space in August 2010.

Image: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In