US Senate Candidate Opposes Same Sex Marriage Ban

April 23, 2014 18:30 pm

by Scarlet Hawk · 3 comments

….and it’s not who you think.

Art Gardner released a statement today announcing his support for the recently-filed class action suit seeking to overturn the State of Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriages.  In his statement, Gardner says,

My rationale is that the State is very likely to lose this suit and it is a waste of taxpayer money to fight it.  In this time of tight budgets, the State can better use that money for other purposes.  I am a fiscal conservative, what some might call a budget hawk, and throwing hard-earned tax dollars away on fighting this suit is unwise.  Moreover, it is also time for the State of Georgia and the Republican Party to get ahead of this issue.  We (the GOP) are the original civil rights party, the Party of Lincoln, the party that strongly supported the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  This suit presents our party with a golden opportunity to steer a bold new course, one that will set the State of Georgia and the Georgia GOP on an upward path.  I call on my fellow members of the GOP to join me in supporting the suit and urging the Attorney General to not fight it.

The full press release is below the fold. 

REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ART GARDNER       CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF NEW SUIT CHALLENGING GEORGIA’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

Atlanta, GA – Wednesday, Art Gardner (GOP), a patent attorney seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, announced his support for the recently-filed class action suit seeking to overturn the State of Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriages.  Gardner explained, “I support marriage equality and I call on all liberty-minded Republicans to join me in supporting this suit.  I also call on Attorney General Sam Olens, a fellow Republican, to not fight the suit, but to allow the plaintiffs to obtain a favorable judgment directly.”  Gardner has consistently argued for marriage equality throughout the Senate primary campaign and has urged Republicans to step away from “hard right” social stances in order to broaden the base of the GOP.

Said Gardner, “My rationale is that the State is very likely to lose this suit and it is a waste of taxpayer money to fight it.  In this time of tight budgets, the State can better use that money for other purposes.  I am a fiscal conservative, what some might call a budget hawk, and throwing hard-earned tax dollars away on fighting this suit is unwise.  Moreover, it is also time for the State of Georgia and the Republican Party to get ahead of this issue.  We (the GOP) are the original civil rights party, the Party of Lincoln, the party that strongly supported the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  This suit presents our party with a golden opportunity to steer a bold new course, one that will set the State of Georgia and the Georgia GOP on an upward path.  I call on my fellow members of the GOP to join me in supporting the suit and urging the Attorney General to not fight it.”

Gardner is considering organizing a rally to show support for marriage equality among Georgians of all political parties.  Those interested in participating in such a rally can contact Gardner’s campaign at [email protected].

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South Fulton Guy April 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Hey you have to say something noteworthy to get relevancy to be on someone’s radar that you are even in the race.

saltycracker April 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

“Gardner is considering organizing a rally to show support for marriage equality among Georgians of all political parties. ”

I am opposed to republicans marrying democrats. It’s unnatural. Libertarians, maybe.

Dave Bearse April 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Somebody tell novelty candidate (besides this extremist position, he’s the only abortion rights, non-fair tax GOP candidate in a field of seven) that a few hundred thousand dollars state expense defending the law is great value. Works out to a large helping of red meat for pennies a person.