Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to opponents of gay marriage at a rally at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, November 19, 2006. Romney, a devout Mormon and former bishop of Massachusettsâ€™ temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is expected to announce in January he will join what is expected to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders for the presidency.
Comments Governor Mitt Romney made during his 1994 Senate bid, in which he said the gay and lesbian community “needs more support from the Republican Party,” resurfaced yesterday, posing a potential hurdle as he appeals to conservatives for a probable presidential campaign.
Bay Windows, the Boston-based gay and lesbian newspaper, republished excerpts from an August 1994 interview the paper did with Romney during his campaign against Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In the interview, Romney said it should be up to states to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage and he criticized Republican “extremists” who imposed their positions on the party.
“People of integrity don’t force their beliefs on others, they make sure that others can live by different beliefs they may have,” Romney is quoted as saying.
More recently, Romney’s words and deeds have sent a very different message.
In 2005, Romney came under fire for saying dismissively to a South Carolina Republican audience that some gay and lesbian couples “are actually having children born to them.”
Mitt Romney changes his political opinions like “FLIPPER” John Kerry.
First, it was ABORTION. Mitt Romney: My Abortion Views Have ‘Evolved’
So, Governor are you pro-life or pro-choice or a hypocrite pandering one message in the South and another in New England?
Second, there is Mitt Romney’s illegal immigration flap.
As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.
Now, there is the Gay Marriage Flap.
Romney has been an outspoken proponent of a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Last spring, he wrote a letter to Senate majority leader Bill Frist urging its passage.
“In order to protect the institution of marriage, we must prevent it from being redefined by judges like those here in Massachusetts,” Romney wrote of the amendment, which has not passed. Same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts after a 2003 decision by the Supreme Judicial Court.
One of several Republicans to oppose the federal amendment was Arizona Senator John McCain, who is likely to be one of Romney’s chief rivals in 2008. Romney, in an interview last month with the DC Examiner, accused McCain of being “disingenuous” on same-sex marriage, because McCain says he’s against it but believes states should decide the issue.
And Mitt Romney is NOT disingenuous like John McCain? Or is Romney HYPOCRITICAL to campaign and pander for votes from anti-Gay marriage proponents in South Carolina yet holding a different opinion in Massachusetts?
What is your position Governor?
Mitt Romney’s soon to be announced presidential campaign is already a disaster.
Ask the candidate.
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