Mark McKinnon (David Woo, The Dallas Morning News)
Mark McKinnon, the media guru for former President George W. Bush, is now Texas co-chair for the group Freedom to Marry.
The national organization seeks to make marriage legal for gay and lesbian couples nationwide.
McKinnon and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro are leading the Lone Star portion of the effort that has begun a new $1 million campaign in the South.
In a statement, McKinnon tells conservatives — his own Republican Party — that gay marriage is an issue that should resonate for them because it is about limited-government and freedom.
“As a conservative, I don’t believe you or I or the government can tell people who they can love or marry,” McKinnon said. “Freedom means freedom for everyone, not just for some. That’s why I’m a southerner for the freedom to marry.”
In addition, McKinnon said, being anti-gay marriage won’t be a winning issue for long.
“The political reality is that the marriage wedge has lost its edge. This train has left the station and we all need to get onboard,” he said.
In the Republican primary, governor candidate Greg Abbott is strongly anti-gay marriage and has campaigned as a champion of defending the state’s prohibition against such unions.
In addition, all four GOP lieutenant governor and the three attorney general candidates also have been staunchly anti-gay marriage.
McKinnon is teamed with Castro, whose twin brother is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. The mayor recently helped shepherd through an amendment to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect gay residents that drew the ire of Abbott and the AG contenders — Dan Branch, Ken Paxton and Barry Smitherman.
The new campaign, called Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, will include field and media work that partners with other organizations across the region. Chairs in other states include civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, who kicked off the campaign in a web ad (below) and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
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