While there have been many discussions on the predictable opponents of same-sex marriages, let’s talk for a second about the surprising advocates for same-sex marriages that have been springing from the woodwork to join in the political struggle. Potentially the most ironic supporter of same sex marriage is the Playboy Mansion’s own Hugh Hefner, who has declared the struggle against gay marriage “a fight for all of our rights,” according to Politico. He continued on to state, “This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. … No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”
In a slightly harsher response to his opinion on same-sex marriage, Clint Eastwood was quoted as saying, “[Who are] these people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a f*** about who wants to get married to anybody else! [We’re] making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of. They go on and on with all this bulls*** about “sanctity” — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
Additional unexpected advocates in support of gay marriage include politically active Republicans. According to CNN.com, San Diego Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders released an aired television commercial during the Republican Convention encouraging Republicans to support his stance on marriage equality while touting his conservative view of limited government. Additionally, Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida has become the first GOP member of Congress to support marriage equality. Perhaps the most forceful Republican hand to back same-sex marriage legalization in New York was Republican Ken Mehlman.
Ken Mehlman worked with members of both parties in order to help pass the legislation to grant LGBT couples the right to marry in the state of New York. To read more
As the election draws nearer, more surprising advocates for same-sex marriage will surely spring from the woodwork. Who knows what commentary they’ll give to support their stances?