Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate in the state of Pennsylvania, has openly declared his support for allowing homosexual marriages in the U.S., and signed onto a letter calling for the passage of the “Respect for Marriage Act.”
“I’m proud to join this effort with fellow Republicans. I believe that same-sex couples should have the same freedom to get married as straight couples,” Oz tweeted on Monday.
His tweet linked to a Washington Post piece which reported that Oz had signed a letter calling for the passage of a gay marriage-related bill. According to the outlet, Oz, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara Bush, and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea who is seeking election in Colorado, are just some of the hundreds of individuals who have signed the letter.
In the 2015 the Obergefell v. Hodges opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court compelled states to recognize and allow same-sex marriages.
The “Respect for Marriage Act” would prohibit states from denying “full faith and credit to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State pertaining to a marriage between 2 individuals, on the basis of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals.”
Many prominent businesses — including Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, Twitter, and many others — have signed a letter calling for the passage of the measure.
Conservative commentator Michael Knowles tweeted, “PA Rs should strongly consider staying home in Nov. This guy is such a loser. Is there any evidence he’d even reliably side with a GOP majority? If cons not only fail to conserve but actively cheer on the destruction of the basic political institution, who cares if they win?”
“This is how the @SenateGOP wants to head into the election… not talking about crime, gas/electricity, borders/cartels/fentanyl, & vax firings all funded by this same GOP… this… Idiots,” Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas tweeted.