Steve Schmidt, a top advisor to John McCain’s failed presidential campaign is sounding a warning of severe perils facing the Republican party if it becomes known as the “religious party,” citing opposition to same-sex marriage as his prime example.
And wouldn’t you know he made his pronouncement at the Washington, D.C., convention for the Log Cabin Republicans — a GOP homosexual stronghold.
He urged Republicans to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for gay-marriage opposition, FOX News reports.
“If you put public policy issues to a religious test, you risk becoming a religious party,” he said. “And in a free country a political party cannot be viable in the long-term if it is seen as a sectarian party.” He added that the GOP will be increasingly marginalized if it sustains that opposition long-term. “If the party is seen as anti-gay, then that is injurious to its candidates” in Democrat-leaning and competitive states, he said.
We’ll stow that bit of important information. Thanks, Steve.