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Steve Schmidt Biography

Former Senior Advisor to John McCain's 2008 Presidential Campaign
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"

“[I]t cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is un-American or threatens the rights of others. On the contrary, it seems to me that denying two consenting adults of the same sex the right to form a lawful union that is protected and respected by the state denies them two of the most basic natural rights affirmed in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence – liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, I believe, gives the argument of same sex marriage proponents its moral force…

Opponents to giving women the vote argued such a change would undermine marriage and other social institutions. I think the institution would be strengthened by the inclusion of more couples who are genuinely committed to each other. But even if you believe marriage would be changed for the worse by same sex unions, I’m not sure it’s a compelling argument for their exclusion. We don’t forbid divorce, a more proven and prevalent threat to the health of our society…

Marriage can be a profoundly gratifying state that strengthens the virtue of individuals and societies, and increases the measure and quality of the happiness we enjoy. It seems to me a terrible inequity that any person should be denied that responsibility, and the emotional enrichment it can provide. And I cannot in good conscience exclude anyone who is prepared for such a commitment from the prospect of such happiness.”

Speech at the Log Cabin Republicans Convention in Washington, DC,, Apr. 17, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Senior Advisor, 2008 presidential campaign of US Senator John McCain, 2008
  • Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Edelman, 2010-present
  • Partner, Mercury Public Affairs, 2006-2010
  • Campaign Manager, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reelection campaign, 2006
  • White House strategist in charge of the US Supreme Court nominations of Samuel A. Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts, 2005-2006
  • Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2002-2003
  • Spokesman, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2001
  • Communications Director, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, 2000
  • Communications Director, Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) Presidential Run, 1999
  • Communications Director, Senate campaign of Matt Fong, 1998
  • Volunteer, Bill Bradley’s Senate campaign, 1978
  • Attended University of Delaware, Political Science, 1988-1993
  • Eagle Scout
  • Has two children
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?