Sonnek-Schmelz Blasts RNC Over Gay Marriage

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz at the Pink Prom in Asbury Park, May 7. photo via facebook

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz at the Pink Prom in Asbury Park, May 7. photo via facebook

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the GOP candidate challenging Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District (Middlesex and Monmouth Counties), criticized the Republican National Committee for falling to soften its stand against gay marriage.

“Let me be blunt, the Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee did a terrible disservice to the Republican Party, by failing to recognize a clearly self­evident diversity of opinion within our ranks on the issue of same-sex marriage,” said Sonnek­-Schmelz, pointing to a failed amendment offered by openly gay Washington, DC Delegate Rachel Hoff. “How can we expect men and women who share our beliefs on lower taxes, balanced budgets, school choice and a strong national defense to stand with the Republican Party, when the Party won’t stand with them when it comes to something so basic as the ability to marry someone you love? We can and must do better. I am eager to be part of a new generation of Republicans with the courage to continue changing hearts and minds on this issue by making my voice heard.”

The 112 member Republican platform committee, meeting in Cleveland yesterday, rejected language offered by Hoff, a former staffer at the National Republican Congressional Committee,  that would have acknowledged “a diversity of opinion within our party” on same-sex marriage.  Only 20 committee members voted in favor of Hoff’s proposal.

Hoff told BloombergPolitics that a majority of Republicans of “millenial” age support same-sex marriage, as do 64% of young evangelical Republicans. If the party wants a future, it should be mindful of those statistics and evolve, she said.

“We are your daughters, we are your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple that sits next to you in church,” Hoff said, her voice wavering,according to Bloomberg. “Freedom means freedom for everyone, including gays and lesbians.”


Posted: July 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, 2016 Elections, Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, Frank Pallone, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, Monmouth County News, Republican Nation Convention 2016, Republican Party, Same Sex Marriage | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Sonnek-Schmelz Blasts RNC Over Gay Marriage”

  1. Tommy De Seno said at 7:39 pm on July 13th, 2016:

    He lost me at “love.”

  2. Bob English said at 11:48 pm on July 13th, 2016:

    Nothing surprising about the GOP adopting an anti LGBT platform since the Platform Committee is loaded with anti gay loons who apparently are trying to please the Republican base.

  3. Joel said at 1:19 pm on July 14th, 2016:

    Same sex Marriage is the most craziest thing I have every heard!What is wrong with keeping what God not GOVERMENT CREATED and it’s brings family,PERIOD! It’s not natural to marry same sex period! Man was created in God’s image,not a women image as Hollywood actors wants childeren to believe.Women is for reproduction,Love,Passion,and person mate!AIDS IS NOT NORMAL,ITS CREATED BECAUSE MAN WANTS TO GOAGAINST NATURE AND GODS LAWS!

  4. Joe Lester said at 6:39 pm on July 14th, 2016:

    Let me be blunt. There are absolute rights and wrongs specified by God. Marriage is only between one man and one woman. Your position is repugnant. You will not have my Republican vote. We don’t need more RINOs in Congress. There is no compromise on fundamental issues. As Margaret Thatcher said, compromise is the work of Satan.

  5. Bob English said at 11:04 pm on July 14th, 2016:

    People don’t decide they are going to be gay anymore than they decide they are going to be straight. They are what they are.

    To be honest my position on this has evolved over the past decades. In the 70’s and 80’s it was not as easy for people to come out as it is now. As years went by I’ve learned that I have friends from high school and college who are gay. Family members who are gay. What did it for me was thinking about the men and women of the US Military. They put their lives on the line defending our way of live…..and when they get back to the US, who the hell has the right to tell any of them who they can and cant marry????

  6. Joe Lester said at 7:42 am on July 15th, 2016:

    Bob English, you don’t get it. Man doesn’t define what a marriage is. Only God does. It has nothing to do with fighting for your country. You fall into the trap of “if it feels right and I want to do it then it is ok”. There is God’s law of what is right and wrong. Perhaps you think it would be ok if a man married his dog or a woman married her cat. Or four people all declare themselves married together.

  7. AJ Sparxx said at 10:37 am on July 18th, 2016:

    This is my District and he will NOT be getting my vote. In another interview, he said he is not “going to spend any time talking about abortion.”

    Another NJ GOP Social Liberal claiming to be a Fiscal Conservative, but probably isn’t even that.