''Tonight, I am proud to join you in challenging the mold and the notions of what being a Republican means. I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people's lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.... (1) Most of our nation wants our nation to succeed; (2) most people are ready to move on to the future, not live in the past; and (3) most of the old school Republicans are scared shitless of that future.''
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator (and former Presidential Candidate) John McCain who, at 24, has become a shining example of the next generation of Republican pundits. She has on numerous occasions spoken to her political party asking them to recognize and embrace gays. She did not, on this occassion speak in favor of gay marriage, though. (ABC News)
''It cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is un-American or threatens the rights of others. If you put public policy issues to a religious test you risk becoming a religious party, and in a free country, a political party cannot remain viable in the long term if it is seen as sectarian.''
Former campaign manager for Senator John McCain, Steve Schmidt, speaking in favor of the traditionally conservative Republican party at the Log Cabin event. (ABC News)