Sanders Joins HRC and Freedom to Marry in Appeal to Conservative Values
Washington, DC – In an ad set to air in the Tampa area during the Republican National Convention next week, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks out about his support for the freedom to marry and encourages others in his party to do the same.
“As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government,” Sanders says in the ad, titled “Family and Freedom,” a project of the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry.
Sanders, who is also a chair of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry , became a prominent symbol of GOP support for marriage for same-sex couples in 2007, when he had a last-minute change of heart in favor of marriage instead of civil unions. The ad comes amid a firestorm of criticism on the party’s decision to take an anti-marriage stance in its platform, which is expected to be ratified at the conference next week. While much of the GOP leadership remains opposed to marriage for gays and lesbians, Sanders joins people like Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, and Cindy McCain as prominent supporters. Read more »