I can already hear the shrieks and imagine the flying spittle at The Family Foundation ("TFF") over Terry McAuliffe's endorsement of same sex marriage. For those not in Virginia, McAuliffe is the apparent Democrat candidate for Governor of Virginia who will likely face off against the frighteningly delusional and religious extremist extraordinaire Ken "Kookinaelli" Cuccinelli. As Attorney General, Kookinelli has done all in his power to issue legal opinions that leave LGBT Virginians with no legal protections of any kind whatsoever. One can be certain that TFF will be sending out hysterical missives across its network to endeavor to rally the knuckle draggers and religious fanatics to rally to the GOP standard. The Washington Blade looks at McAuliffe's statement. Here are highlights:
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Friday publicly backed marriage rights for same-sex couples for the first time.
“I believe everyone should be treated fairly,” the former Democratic National Committee chair said in response to a question on the subject during a Google chat. “I personally favor civil marriage for committed couples of the same-sex.”
McAuliffe’s comments come a week after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, against whom he will likely face in the commonwealth’s gubernatorial election later this year, reaffirmed his opposition to nuptials for gays and lesbians during an appearance on News Talk with Bruce DePuyt.
“I understand that this is an issue that Virginians of goodwill come down on both sides of and it is an issue where, like many Virginians, my views have changed from earlier in my life,” McAuliffe said. “Regardless of where you stand on this issue, one thing Dorothy (his wife) and I consistently hear is that people are tired of issues like this being used to divide people especially when we face such important economic challenges here in Virginia.”
“McAuliffe will be the first Virginia gubernatorial candidate to support same-sex marriage,” he noted to the Washington Blade. “I’m pleased to see that voters will have a clear choice to make.” . . . . A spokesperson for Cuccinelli’s campaign did not immediately return the Blade’s requests for comment.