August 6, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
McCain disagrees with Prop 8 court ruling

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the Blade on Thursday he disagreed with a recent court decision overturning Proposition 8 in California and didn’t rule out backing a renewed push for the Federal Marriage Amendment to reverse the ruling.

“Obviously, I didn’t agree with it,” McCain said. “My position has always been that marriage is an institution of — between one man and one woman.”

During his presidential campaign in 2008, McCain came out in favor of Prop 8 when the initiative was before California voters. The measure passed in California, ending same-sex marriage in the Golden State,  on the same day McCain lost the election to President Obama.

Asked whether he thinks backing the Federal Marriage Amendment, or a U.S. constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, would be an appropriate response to the ruling, McCain said he hasn’t decided what action at this time is appropriate.

“I haven’t looked at the impact of the decision yet as far as what, if any, action needs to be taken,” he said. “I’ve been on the immigration issue, the defense authorization bill and this START treaty, so I really have not had an opportunity to talk to my people about it.”

The uncertainty from McCain over support for the Federal Marriage Amendment is different from his opposition to the measure in previous years. McCain voted against the proposed constitutional amendment when it came to the Senate floor in 2004 and 2006.

“The constitutional amendment we’re debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans,” McCain reportedly said in 2004. “It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

10 Comments
  • This is a surprise? He’s a strict-consructionist Republican, so he knows about judicial review of laws to make sure they pass Constitutional muster.

    But hey, it’s election time, so he’s even reversed himself on DADT – formerly in favor of repeal and now opposed. He’s got to get the bigots’ votes to stay in office.

    McCain has the values of a chameleon.

  • David in Houston

    Which institution of marriage is he referring to? Marriage, when women were considered the property of the man? …or marriage, when you could only marry someone of the same race? …or is he referring to the sacred institution where Rush Limbaugh can get married for a 4th time?

    Does Mr. McCain know that same-sex marriage is legal in 10 countries and 5 states? Canada has had marriage equality for 6 years. It hasn’t harmed the institution of marriage at all. Chile and Mexico are now considering legalizing same-sex marriage.

    Perhaps he should have helped the Yes on 8 legal team come up with one valid legal reason to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. As far as the court is concerned, there aren’t any.

  • Why isn’t anyone in the media pressing these anti-gay politicians/pundits now: specifically which factual findings or legal conclusions in the Prop 8 decision do they disagree with? (Has he even read the decision?) His opinion about marriage is irrelevant to constitutional analysis.

  • Peter Rosenstein

    I am really tired of John McCain. I think he has embarrassed himself enough. He should finally retire before he becomes a total joke.

  • Interesting that the Old Coot is so worried about marriage. After all, upon his return from Vietnam, he kicked his dumpy, cancer-stricken wife to the curb and began an affair with the much younger (and richer) Cindy, the beer heiress from Phoenix. I guess as long as a penis and a vagina are involved (and $250 million), the Old Coot doesn’t care about honoring the vows of marriage.

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