The new chief Republican counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a blog post last month in which he linked same-sex marriage to pedophilia, according to a Web site that has since been taken down.
The post by William Smith responded to a recent speech by Steve Schmidt, a Republican campaign consultant who advised Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Speaking in Washington to the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, Schmidt had urged Republicans to support same-sex marriage.
“I wonder if next week Schmidt will take his close minded stump speech to a NAMBLA meeting. For those unfamiliar with NAMBLA, the acronym is for North American Man Boy Love Association,” Smith responded on wsmith.org in a post dated April 20.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) announced Smith as chief counsel May 13, after Sessions replaced Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Sessions named three other lawyers to top positions as part of a sweep of Specter’s former committee staff.
Smith’s Web site is no longer visible, though Google has kept a “cached,” or archived, version of the site. It was visible earlier this month. The mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number on the Web site’s domain name registration match the address and phone number on Smith’s Alabama bar registration.
Other commentators — including California preacher Rick Warren — have been criticized for making a similar comparison between homosexuality and pedophilia. Smith did not respond to an interview request. Two spokespeople for Sessions also did not respond.
Smith’s post continued:
Schmidt would quickly tell you that he is not advocating that we support 60 year old men in their desire to rape 8 year old boys, but he would not classify his opposition as narrow minded. No! This is a principled position; there is some logic behind it, Schmidt would say.
Is Schmidt then going to take his close minded stump speech to the Bestiality Club? Again, his answer would be no, although there are a group of people who embrace this lifestyle.
Schmidt and other gay lifestyle proponents would say that my opposition is based on the slippery slope approach. I say that it is based on principle and that it is no more close minded than their position for gay unions. The difference between me and Schmidt is that I’m not a maverick. I’m guided by something called Christian principles. And I don’t need people in California, New York and Washington to tell me what the principles should be.
Smith worked for Sessions from 2001 to 2006. He was Sessions’ chief counsel on a Senate Judiciary subcommittee when he left. Most recently, Smith served as executive director of congressional relations at Americans for Limited Government, according to a Sessions news release.
In an interview last week for C-SPAN, Sessions praised his new staff. He said they would be more likely than Specter’s staff to advance a core Republican agenda, which usually includes opposition to same-sex marriage. Specter has supported civil unions for gays and lesbians.
“They’ll be a principled staff that [is] probably more uniformly in accord with the basic Republican view of the Constitution and law. And I think that’s healthy,” Sessions said. “The ranking member should — normally, you would expect them to have a staff that supports a majority of the [Republicans on the] committee. Sometimes, [under] Senator Specter, one member was taking our staff and promoting other agendas. So I think we’ll be more in harmony with the basic group of Republican senators.”