Friday, May 25, 2007
Romney: I am not intolerant of gays!
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that his opposition to same-sex marriage should not be interpreted as intolerance of gays, who served in his administration when he was Massachusetts governor.
In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Romney elaborated on comments he made during a campaign event dubbed "Ask Mitt Anything" in which an audience member questioned whether pastors should preach that homosexuality is a sin. Romney said the government shouldn't tell pastors what they can say.
Romney's record on gay rights has drawn scrutiny - and criticism that he changes with the political winds. In a 1994 bid against Sen. Edward Kennedy, Romney argued that he would be a better champion of gay rights than the Democrat. In 2003, after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that same-sex couples could wed in the state, Romney pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
He noted that one of his Cabinet members was gay and that he appointed gays to positions of responsibility in his administration.
I oppose discrimination against gay people," Romney said. "I am not anti-gay. I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay and that's not me."
He said he is opposed to gay marriage because it's not in the best interest of children.
Justice MH's final thoughts: Romney is going have to come up with a better argument than the tired old "children" argument. Romney save it, trying to roll back civil rights doesn't sound like open arms of tolerance and love to me. Romney has ask Congress to pass a federal marriage amendment, and urge that other LGBT legislation be defeated. Mitt just stop bull sh*tting us! No Deal! Thanks for nothing!
This shows he's only out to get votes from the religious "wrong" and conservatives. Good Luck with the hypocrites, y'all deserve one another!