Former President Gerry Ford has died, as everyone surely knows. Over at House Blend, Pam has posted information on Ford’s laudable views on gay rights:
The former president was a member of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), a gay-straight board of heavy hitters, including former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, which advocates “making homosexuality a ‘non-issue’ for the Republican Party.”
I did not know this. But there’s more:
In Gerald Ford’s case, in October 2001 he notably went on the record in support of gay rights issues, including full marriage equality at the federal level, in an interview with Deb Price of the Detroit News. (PNO):
“I think they (same-sex couples) should be treated equally. Period,” he said.
In addition, he stated support for a federal law banning workplace discrimination against gays: “That is a step in the right direction. I have a longstanding record in favor of legislation to do away with discrimination.”
Ford was the highest ranking Republican ever to make such a statement about civil equality, and it earned him the wrath of the homobigots like James Hartline, who said that Ford and his fellow members of the RUC would “turn the party into pacifists when it comes to dealing with the gay agenda,” and “these are liberal Republicans who are not strong advocates of Christian conservatism.”
I didn’t know those things about President Ford, but they make my respect for him go up enormously. Oh, and one more thing to like about Ford: in his time in office, about 2 1/2 years or so, he vetoed 51 spending bills. Our current profligate spender in chief, who hasn’t vetoed a single one as our budget has careened out of control, could learn much from him.