Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s former attorney general and front-runner for in the state’s gubernatorial campaign, wishes you never found his college thesis. Because in that 20-year-old, 93-page document, Mr. McDonnell argues (quite convincingly, if you’re into this sort of thing) that discriminating against gays and other minorities is just fine, because it protects straight married people. He would now like apologize, and tell you his mind has changed.
Among the things McDonnell (pictured, right) considered a threat to marriage: gays, working women, and fornicators.
In the thesis, “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade,” McDonnell described working women as “detrimental” to the traditional family. He criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing contraception for unmarried couples and decried the “purging” of religion from schools. He advocated character education programs in public schools to teach “traditional Judeo-Christian values,” and he criticized federal tax credits for child care expenditures because they encouraged women to enter the workforce.
But he’s changed his mind since then! Well, not about discriminating against gays. Working women, though, good for you gals!
In his call with reporters Monday, a calm and prepared McDonnell explained in detail how he feels about issues that include gay rights, abortion and women’s rights. He mentioned several times that on some issues he agrees with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), the state’s first Catholic governor, as well as with President Obama.
McDonnell said he still believes marriage should be limited to one man and one woman but thinks that discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or marital status has no place in government or on the job. He said that he no longer agrees with what he wrote about women in the workforce and that regardless of his personal views, he “would follow the law,” as he did as attorney general.
McDonnell remains ahead of Democrat R. Creigh Deeds (pictured, left), who hurriedly assailed McDonnell for his backwoods positions. And say what you will about the ethics in drudging up an opponent’s dirty little secrets, but this paper was published twenty years ago. Before Blogger and YouTube! Whoever found it, and circulated it, deserves a bravo.
UPDATE: Hahahaha. Turns out McDonnell tipped off a reporter about his thesis all by himself.