GOP Candidate Said She Pulled Daughter From College For Supporting Gay Marriage


Michelle Steel: “She said… ‘what’s wrong with gay marriage?’ …We brought her back and we sent her to Marymount.”

LGBTQ Nation reports that a video released by Equality California portrays a California House candidate telling an audience in 2014 that she withdrew her daughter from a university after she began expressing support for gay marriage.

  • Michelle Steel is the Republican candidate running for California’s 48th Congressional District. She is challenging incumbent Representative Harley Rouda (D-CA).
  • Steel currently serves on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She has previously served as vice chair of California’s State Board of Equalization in 2017, and at that time was the highest-ranking Korean-American elected official in the United States, the Minority Business Development Agency reports.
  • Equality California’s video portrays her speaking to a Newport Mesa Tea Party meeting in 2014. In the video, she is telling the audience about her two daughters.
  • One daughter was “perfect,” but the other was “a little different.”
  • Steel explains that her daughter chose to attend the University of California—Santa Barbara. As she attended her first year of college there, she decided that she wanted to vote for Barack Obama as President, which Steel describes as a “change.”

Steel then says,

And then she said, ‘God gave us two men—what’s wrong with gay marriage?’ We brought her back and we sent her [to] Marymount.

  • The audience breaks into brief laughter at this remark.
  • Once the laughter subsides, Steel explains that after “a year of brainwash” at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, a Jesuit and Marymount research university, her daughter transferred again to Vanderbilt University, where she graduated.

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