California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of eBay, was a major supporter of Proposition 8, the voter imposed ban that rescinded same-sex marriage. The San Francisco Chronicle's Leah Garchik writes the candidate recently invited a number of "high-profile high-tech Silicon Valley women" to "get acquainted" and was surprised to be ambushed by "such a liberal crowd."
To the questioner, Whitman's blaming her vote on her religion didn't make sense. "I'm also Catholic; that's not going to fly for me. ... 'I have children who are unprotected. It's a matter of legal rights. It's a legal issue. I pay taxes just like you. Why do you get more rights than I do?' "
The discussion was civil, said the questioner, who admitted, "I was testy. She was not. ... When Whitman said, 'You know, I just wish we could have one term for everything: civil unions,' I said, 'Bingo, sold, I'll take it.' "
Would Whitman propose this during the campaign asked her challenger. That question wasn't answered. "She wouldn't say anything. ... She wouldn't say yes. ... She would not say, 'OK, I will do that.' "