Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that there are currently 4 Republicans in congress who publically support gay marriage. In contrast, 7 Democrats currently oppose gay marriage. So, for the next two weeks, Chic Politique will have a two-part “fashion-off” between both ends of the spectrum. 1 full style point is the highest point any official can receive. This week will begin with an introduction to the 4 members of the GOP who currently support gay marriage and their fashion choices, and will follow with next week’s 7 Democrats who oppose gay marriage.
1.) “Seen the light” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill)
Sen. Mark Kirk is the second Republican senator to publically support gay marriage. Yesterday, he was quoted as saying “Our time on earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.” Senator Kirk knows this first, returning to office after recovering from a serious stroke. Senator Kirk’s positions on gay rights have been “evolving” throughout the past years, beginning in 2010 when he reversed his opinion on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which banned openly gay men and women from serving in the military.
Style wise, Kirk has a very relaxed look. He seems to wear a lot of blue, a great on camera color choice. Furthermore, he really accentuates his baby blue eyes with a pair of glasses that seem almost rim-less. I love this intellectual, yet modern look!
+1 style point for you, Senator Kirk!
2.)“Happiness for all” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Senator Rob Portman was the first Republican Senator to openly support gay marriage. In an op-ed for the Columbus Dispatch, Senator Portman wrote “Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.” Some of Senator Portman’s comments can make your heart melt. Some of his fashion choices on the other hand… not so much.
Portman has classic, well-tailored suits that fit him very well. Yet, his tie choices are a little unfortunate. Not only does he choose busy ties with prints that are distorted on camera, but the shiny fabric looks a little flashy and make his red power ties look showy. Additionally, kudos Senator for attempting to mix it up with an orange tie, but I think that another color would suit your complexion better.
+.5 style points for well tailored suits!
3.)“Empire State of Mind” Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)
Representative Richard Hanna was the second Republican representative to sign a measure to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Rep. Hanna asserts that “Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has a Constitutional Responsibility to respect New York’s Right to set its own laws. It’s my job to see that it does.”
Hanna’s unflinching stance on the issue seem to parallel his relatively bold fashion choices. In this picture Hanna is wearing two pins, one is the American flag, and the other is difficult to make out in the photo. Reminiscent of another fashion maverick from New York, – anyone else thinking about Carrie Bradshaw’s broaches? – I love how Rep. Hanna has shown personality and patriotism in his accessory choices.
+1 style point!
4.)“Trailblazer” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
In February, Representative Ileana Ros- Lehtinen and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez signed a legal document that argued for the constitutionality of same-sex couple’s right to marry. Representative Ros- Lehtinen is the first Republican to take legal action against DOMA. In September of last year, she stated: “I voted against the constitutional amendment defining marriage [in 2006] so I’m pleased to cosponsor the repeal of DOMA and work with my colleagues on marriage equality.”
Representative Ros – Lehtinen has a classic style. She wears nicely tailored blazers with well fitted shells underneath, is not afraid of color, and wears minimal jewelry that is not distracting. Like Senator Kirk, Representative Ros-Lehtinen occasionally sports chic almost rimless classes. Her only potential fashion faux pas could be how she styles her hair. Like scrunchie supporter Hilary Clinton, it seems that Representative Ros-Lehtinen sometimes does not pay her hair adequate attention. I think that a sleek bob would be a low-maintenance, but also a sophisticated look for her.
Overall though, a classic style merits +.5 style points!
For this week the Republicans in support of gay marriage have a total of 3 style points! Will the Democrats who are against gay marriage fare better in the style department? Stay tuned to find out!