I think some amount of applause is due to Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the RNC who also served as Bush campaign manager in 2004. Mehlman announced in a magazine interview that he is gay. And, as someone snarkily put it, he wasn’t even arrested before he made the announcement. Even more, he plans on becoming an advocate for gay marriage. Says Mehlman:
It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with that part of my life. Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues and current colleagues and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that has made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.
It is something we wish he had done years ago, too, since ironically Mehlman’s leadership positions in the Republican party came at a time when they were working hard to get anti-gay marriage amendments passed in many states. Mehlman now states that, as a solitary Republican, he could not go against the party consensus, but that he wishes he had tried.
Still, I’ll take his contrition as a breath of fresh air, and hope that this helps counter increasingly anti-gay sentiments coming from the Republican party.