As widely predicted, today eBay CEO Meg Whitman announced that she will run for governor of California in 2010. Whitman famously came out in support of Proposition 8 last fall, but tells the LA Times that she does support other LGBT right issues.
Explaining her support for Proposition 8, the November measure that banned same-sex marriage, she called it a “matter of personal conscience and my faith.” But Whitman, a Presbyterian who supports gay civil unions, said the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place last year before the ban should be legally recognized — a sentiment opposed by many Proposition 8 backers. Moreover, she said, gay and lesbian couples should be able to adopt children.
A friend of Mitt Romney, Whitman only recently registered as a Republican in California because she believed the head of eBay should appear to be politically neutral. California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who has petitioned the state Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8, may also run for governor in 2010.