Ken Mehlman, who was an adviser to George W. Bush, and chairman of the Republican National Committee, is now speaking out for marriage equality.
[He] has been a leading Republican voice for LGBT rights since he came out as a gay man in 2010. But after spending years building the coalition of conservative lawmakers, former governors, and high-level GOP operatives who signed the brief to be filed this week, Mehlman only now finds himself at the center of the national marriage debate.
Although the justices won’t hear the case until March 26, and eyes are now focused on whether the Obama administration itself will file a brief in support of striking down California’s Proposition 8, the Republicans’ brief has made waves as a symbol of just how much the landscape has shifted in a few years.
For his part, Mehlman said the case comes down to a simple point of fairness.