When I heard this a.m. that he was apologizing for his past work of demonizing gays, my first reaction was "Talk to the hand." Then I went and read his actual statement:
“At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort [to exploit gay marriage for political advantage]. As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”
Well, okay then.
We don't know how the vote on the so-called Amendment 1 in North Carolina will turn out, whether Mehlman is right that even young Republicans -- at least not those marching with the mullahs of the Right -- support marriage equality. Every poll seems to suggest that the struggle is generational, anyway, not really partisan, so for every young Republican willing to vote against Amendment 1, there's probably two elderly Democrats willing to vote for it because their preacher told them to.