“At a personal level, I’ve learned wisdom, generosity, and forgiveness from leaders like Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto, David Mixner and many others. The opportunities to help with AFER and the Supreme Court amicus briefs, state marriage efforts, ENDA, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell convince me there are many first time allies in places we might not expect, who can be incredibly valuable to achieving equality. I hope to be able to continue assisting this important work.“
Ken Mehlman served in George W. Bush's presidential administration during his first term, and was then recommended by the president to run the Republican National Committee, which he did for two years. In 2010, he came out as gay, and since then has worked to rally high-profile Republicans, first to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and then for the cause of marriage equality.