LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Following news today that Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Alito are itching to overturn the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized marriage equality throughout the nation, Congressman Harley Rouda’s re-election campaign highlighted his opponent Michelle Steel’s homophobic views and record.
Michelle Steel is so opposed to letting Americans marry who they love, she pulled her own daughter out of school for expressing support for LGBTQ rights. In a speech given to supporters, Steel said to laughter from the audience, “and then [Steel’s daughter] said, ‘God gave us two men — what’s wrong with gay marriage?’ We brought her back and we sent her [to] Marymount… She actually went to Marymount, [for] one year of brainwash…”
And this isn’t the only time Steel has been openly homophobic:
Steel cast the lone dissenting vote on the Orange County Board of Supervisors against funding for the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
Steel’s campaign accepted significant contributions from the Ahmanson family and its donor organization, Fieldstead and Company, who have a history of donating to anti-LGBTQ causes, supporting Proposition 8 in 2008.
Conversely, Congressman Rouda has earned the endorsement of various LGBTQ Rights Organizations for his dedication to protecting and uplifting the LGBTQ community, including Equality California, the Human Rights Campaign, and Pride Fund to End Gun Violence.
Responding to the unrelenting attack on LGBTQ rights from the Supreme Court to Michelle Steel, Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement:
“For thirty years, Orange County was represented in Congress by someone who believed that LGBTQ Americans deserved less because of who they loved. In 2018, advocates and allies from both sides of the aisle came together to defeat Dana Rohrabacher and his blatant homophobia.
The first piece of legislation I signed onto as a Member of Congress proudly representing Orange County, was the Equality Act. I signed my name to send a message to Orange County, especially LGBTQ children — you are welcome in our community, I will support you, and I will not rest until we are all equal under the eyes of the law.
A person who cannot support their own child for believing that love is love, and same-sex couples deserve the right to marry, is unfit to serve at any level of government. Chairwoman Steel’s views are toxic and harmful to the lives of our LGBTQ community. I look forward to defeating homophobia at the ballot box once again.”