Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Closeted Remarks

With the 2008 Presidential race already heating up, would-be candidates for the White House are going to have to face the music when it comes to defending some of their past comments and positions.

1). Case in point, THIS outspoken White House hopeful said he was more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy back in the ’90s and during a campaign in 2002 distributed pink fliers at a Gay Pride parade wishing everyone a great Pride weekend. He even backed domestic partner benefits for public employees, winning the endorsement of the national Log Cabin Republicans. So who is this zealot for gay rights?

A. Mitt Romney, outgoing Governor of Massachusetts
B. Sen. George Allen, Virginia
C. Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida
D. Sen. John McCain, Arizona


ANSWER

A: Mitt Romney. The governor has apparently has had a big change of heart since being pro-gay is not too popular with his conservative Christian base (funny, since he’s Mormon). As recent as last month he said, “I believe gay marriage should not be legal.” Yet when he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994, Romney wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club, pledging that as "we seek to establish full equality for American gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent." During that same campaign, Romney was accused of once describing gay people as "perverse."

As governor, he appointed openly gay and lesbian people to high-profile administration positions. He doubled the budget line item for the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, until he tried to disband it last May.

2 Comments:

At 7:43 PM, Blogger myclob said...

Romney did not have a "change of heart".

When he ran for governor in 2002, Romney declared his opposition to both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[35] "Call me old fashioned, but I don't support gay marriage nor do I support civil union," said Romney in an October 2002 gubernatorial debate. He also voiced support for basic domestic partnership benefits for gay couples.

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger Greg Spring said...

We're curious, but did you read the entire question? Because if you had, you'd have seen the dates referred to in the question.
I referred to when Romney ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994 when Romney wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club, pledging that as "we seek to establish full equality for American gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent." This statement has been haunting Romney on the the Sunday morning political shows. And he'd never voice those opinions today in our current political climate.
And there's the reference to his 2002 campaign when distributed pink fliers at a Gay Pride parade wishing everyone a great Pride weekend. He even backed domestic partner benefits for public employees, winning the endorsement of the national Log Cabin Republicans.
Call us crazy, but those actions/words fly in stark contrast to turning around and saying he's against gay marriage. Could it be he's been doing what most politicians do, regardless of party, saying one thing to satisfy one group of potential voters, then recanting to please another group?

 

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