On Monday, Kenneth Mehlman was featured in the New York Times. Ken, along with dozens of Republicans and two members of Congress signed a legal brief arguing for marriage equality. The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court, in hopes to strike down Proposition 8.
Theodore B. Olson, the former solicitor general under Mr. Bush filed a brief that argues that same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couple to grow up in two-parent homes. It also states that it advances conservative values of “limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”
“We are trying to say to the court that we are judicial and political conservatives, and it is consistent with our values and philosophy for you to overturn Proposition 8,” Ken Mehlman stated.
Public opinion on gay marriage has changed dramatically in the past ten years. The latest New York Times survey found that one third of Republicans favor gay marriage. Recent polls show that around 70 percent of voters under 30 favor same-sex marriage. This is because there are still very big regional and generational divisions that have kept the party from fully supporting marriage equality.