Former Pawlenty aide backs same-sex marriage

Policast for April 25, 2013:

McClung.JPGThe former deputy chief of staff to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he supports legal same-sex marriage.

Brian McClung, who now runs a PR firm, said support for same-sex marriage aligns with Republican values.

“If Republicans are going to be the small government party, we should get government out of the business of marriage,” McClung said. “Who do we want deciding who should be able to get married, individuals or politicians?”

McClung said the party needs to find a way to talk to younger voters, who overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage, according to recent polling. He said many view Republicans as “out of touch and stodgy and opposed to change.”

‘I’m concerned that the Republican Party could be shutting the door on an entire generation of voters if we don’t better understand how to talk about this issue and, frankly, move past it to talk about the issues of less spending, lower taxes and more accountability that matter to everybody,” McClung said.

The Star Tribune published McClung’s commentary on same-sex marriage today. McClung said he spoke with Pawlenty before writing the Star Tribune commentary.

“The governor doesn’t agree with my position but he was very positive and very gracious in saying that he supports me in speaking out and sharing my opinion,” McClung said.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

(MPR Photo/Steve Mullis)

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  • Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui

    Same-sex marriage is an injustice, a tyrannical ploy being perpetrated upon our society, the pernicious consequences of which are simply mocked and laughed at by its supporters. Ignorance and prejudice have taken the place of knowledge and reason. Caprice and passion substituted for prudence and virtue. The happiness of society, the good of all families, and the welfare of mankind fall victim to the injustice of selfish adult love, which calculates every thing for itself, while taking no notice of a child’s best interest or the public advantage of a government promoting ONLY the traditional family unit.

    Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.

    Same-sex marriage amounts to institutionalized adultery through a hostile takeover of civil society by the State.

    Same-sex marriage couples selfishly demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer LESS-THAN-EQUAL protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents. In the name of “Marriage Equality”, same-sex marriage leaves the child fully aware that his family is, in all truth, not at all “equal”, natural, nor complete. The use of the term “marriage Equality” by same-sex marriage proponents selfishly ignores the child’s perspective of “equality”.

    Same-sex marriage couples profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle LOVING objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

    In fine, same-sex marriage surmounts to nothing more than an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.

    “No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” —Immanuel Kant