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Mitt Romney Watch: Gay Marriage FLAP – Redux


Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a rally in front of the Statehouse in Boston, Sunday, Nov., 19, 2006, to force the Legislature to vote on a proposed ballot question that would end gay marriage in Massachusetts. ‘The issue before us today is whether 109 legislators will follow the constitution,’ he said Sunday. ‘Let us not see the state, which first established constitutional democracy, become the first to abandon it.’

New York Times: Romney’s Gay Rights Stance Draws Ire

Gov. Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Republican who has built a presidential campaign on a broad appeal for conservative support, is drawing sharply increased criticism from conservative activists for his advocacy of gay rights in a 1994 letter.

Mr. Romney’s standing among conservatives is being hurt by a letter he sent to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts saying that he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights than Senator Edward M. Kennedy, his opponent in a Senate race, in a position that stands in contrast to his current role as a champion of a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern,” Mr. Romney wrote in a detailed plea for the support of the club, a gay Republican organization.

So, what is Governor Romney’s position on Gay Marriage. Is it evolving, like his previous pro-choice position on abortion?

Romney needs to clarify his stacne soon or appear disingenuous and pandering at best or HYPOCRITICAL at worst.

Power Line says Romney has nothing about which to be embarassed on gay rights/marriage.

Captain Ed says otherwise.

Perhaps Romney has that explanation, but at the moment, it seems more likely that he’s sensing the political winds and following those rather than any deeply-held principles on the subject. That places him at a disadvantage against Giuliani, who has never felt the need to modify his positions for political gain. It’s the difference between politicians and leaders, and even though Giuliani might hold many of the same positions as the 1994 Romney, he will have fewer problems from it.

Flap says it is another nail in Romney’s presidential coffin – besides his low poll numbers.


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