Politics Ladenburg vs. McKenna
posted by July 31 at 9:40 AMon
I’m listening to Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg on KUOW right now.
Ladenburg is running for Washington state Attorney General, challenging Republican incumbent Rob McKenna. A caller asked about gay marriage and Ladenburg said that he supports civil unions, not marriage equality, but added that the state should treat everyone equally and perhaps it was a mistake for the state to get into the marriage business at all, since marriage is a religious institution wocka wocka wocka. Ladenburg wants to swing both ways on marriage equality: He’s against marriage rights for same-sex couples, he’s for civil unions, but he believes the state should treat everyone equally. But wouldn’t equal treatment require the state to allow same-sex couples to marry or to get out of the marriage business entirely and make only civil unions available to all couples, gay and straight?
Steve Scher, perhaps not wanting to put the Democrat on the spot, neglected to ask this obvious follow up.
I’ll probably vote for Ladenburg in the fall—his position on marriage equality is indistinguishable from this guy’s position—but I’ll do it with some reservations. Rob McKenna is a GOP hack and all, but he is the only female-to-male transsexual that has ever won a state-wide race in Washington state. I want to be a good Democrat, but I also want to support FTM visibility and McKenna helps break down stereotypes about transsexuals.
Man, this is a tough one.