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Romney slams Proposition 8 verdict: ‘Politics and prejudices’ of judges

By Igor Volsky
Think Progress
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In 1994, Mitt Romney called for “full equality” for LGBT Americans, but this afternoon the Republican presidential candidate condemned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against Proposition 8.

Mitt Romney

“Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage. This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court,” Romney said.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.”

As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent asks, “That note about judges who interpret the Constitution according to their own “prejudices” — is that a reference to the fact that the judge on the case was gay, which was cited by Prop 8 supporters as proof of his bias? Naah, probably not. A major party presidential candidate would never go there.”

For more on Romney’s devolution on LGBT equality, click here.

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59 more reader comments:

  1. That’s why he doesn’t have a chance to become president.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:28pm
  2. Jerk

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:28pm
  3. He’s a dork.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:29pm
  4. Who cares what he thinks really he is nobody…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:29pm
  5. Yes.. prejudices..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:30pm
  6. he’s a bigoted butthole.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:30pm
  7. boo hoo. pobrecito.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:30pm
  8. cough jerk cough

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:31pm
  9. If you support any such propositiin, “thinking” it’s constitutional and non-discriminatory… Please leave the platform now, I have no use for you.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:31pm
  10. So heart wrenching to see another case of blatant prejudice’against wealthy white straight male Christians.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:31pm
  11. Idiot – of course marriage is between a man and a woman. Soon, it will be between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Deal with the inevitable of equality for all of us!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:31pm
  12. Flip Flop! The name of the Republican Party!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:32pm
  13. FU mitt

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:32pm
  14. a politician went back on his word? shocking!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:32pm
  15. Mittens is an uber Fuktard

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:33pm
  16. that is what you call a hypocrite!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:33pm
  17. Bigoted bastard !!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:35pm
  18. Keep vote Obama!! F*ck Republicans are all LOSERS!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:37pm
  19. he is a fucking mormon…what else do ya expect…heck he would fuck his own daughter if he could.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:37pm
  20. Mitt, have u ever heard of shutting the fuck up? I highly recommend.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:37pm
  21. looser!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:38pm
  22. UGH! It’s so hard to find a republican that’s LGBT friendly.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:40pm
  23. Jack………………………….wait for it…………………………….Ass!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:40pm
  24. So when Republicans get their verdicts upheld, its constitutional patriotism and freedom like the verdict that lead to super PACs, but when it has to do with lgbt issues it’s prejudice. Give me a frigging break Mitt.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:40pm
  25. And this ladies and gentlemen is why if you don’t vote or vote republican in November we are all fucked!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:41pm
  26. Well, he helped the LDS church pay for Prop 8, he’s probably mad he wasted all that cash.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:42pm
  27. Obama 2012…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:42pm
  28. Watch out for his toes on the campaign trail…..he’s got on the flip flops again. And for the Gays that were parting with Mitt I guess the partys over huh guys.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:42pm
  29. Keep in Mind Barack Obama doesn’t agree with gay marriage either. However, between the two, it’s Mitt Romney who’s done more for LGBT discrimination legislation equality than Barack “Does-Nothing” Obama, or Gingrich or Paul for that matter. Realistically, 2012 is not the election that will have gay marriage as a item.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:44pm
  30. Looks like he just spit on the LGBTQ community.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:44pm
  31. @Travis Hay, you really need to check your sources, because Obama has done a lot for homosexuals, and majority of the shit he’s done has been shut down by republicans like always!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:46pm
  32. He has to support Prop 8. The Mormon Church spent millions of dollars to finance its passage. He’s a good little Morman.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:46pm
  33. Politics and prejudices of judges?? What about Republican Presidential candidates!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:47pm
  34. Are you fucking kidding me !! Saying he will get judges to interpret what the constitution stand for .. The constitution isn’t about traditional marriage it’s about equal rights it’s about our freedom!! Government and religion are required to stay separate and it looks to me by this “traditional marriage” bullshit that religion is all up in the governments @$$.. I can’t believe that anyone would vote for someone who talks out of his @$$…. I’m glad I’m voting for Obama for 2nd term…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:47pm
  35. Upholding the constitution is just politics and prejudice?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:48pm
  36. Shut up Mitt Romney and put on your damned magic underpants!! Hate doesn’t feel so warm and cuddly, now does it Mr. Dog-Hater Romney??

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:49pm
  37. Haha…suck it Romney….it’s time for bigots like you to realize your 15 minutes are over!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:49pm
  38. It’s hard to understand him with that foot in his mouth and several going up his a**.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:51pm
  39. Just like all politicians goes against what they say first then says what they think everyone wants to hear. Maybe one dday we will get someone who actually stands behind what they say.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:53pm
  40. Obama 2012!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:56pm
  41. Obama, Romney, I don’t care who you are. No one has ANY right to tell 2 adults they can’t get married. The value of a marriage depends upon the people in it, not whether or not they have matching genetalia! What happens between a husband and wife is no one elses business, so it should be with husband and husband or wife and wife.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:59pm
  42. But if Romney and their ilk call Judge Vaughn and activist Judge, isn’t that the same label they should give to the Justices of the Supreme Court if they are labeled Conservative in their opinions? That makes them activists as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:01pm
  43. what an asshole.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:04pm
  44. Romney is a total spazz.He has no idea what it means to honor all of our rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:04pm
  45. Republicans are HYPOCRITES

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:11pm
  46. there’s a little thing called equality, and it can be found in the constitution…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:16pm
  47. I’d like to slam HIM, that f***in’ Reich Wing cretin…God, I can’t stand him…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:17pm
  48. Flip-flopping egotistical lying hypocrite!!!! >:-(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:18pm
  49. If he ever becomes president the whole country should worry he is a morman and as such he must listen to the “prophet” who has announced to all mormons they must give all there time money and resources to ensure that the lgbt community is cut of their rights this is how prop 8 got passed

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:23pm
  50. Romney you are an ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:29pm
  51. DIAF Romney.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:39pm
  52. Flippity-Floppity…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:59pm
  53. How own prejudice is more like it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:12pm
  54. TOOL!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:34pm
  55. Why can’t someone real and honest run for a change. That’s what this country needs, change. Forget the political parties and just do what’s right and just.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:19am
  56. Fuck Romney AND HomophObama both of these homophobic bigots supported equality in the 1990s and then in the 2010s oppose it. I hate both of these evil bigots equally, I’m voting for the ONLY major candidate who supports marriage equality and that is Gary Johnson.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:10am
  57. The only reason he’s commenting is because he’s running for office and trying to buy the votes of conservatives (and other like-minded, i.e., narrow minded) individuals. If it weren’t an election year, we wouldn’t hear a word out of him. Typical politician!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:49am
  58. Vote Obama! Fuck Mitt-you’re a bigot and hateful person and you want to be our President!!? Uhm, NO!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:02am
  59. Y’all who keep saying Obama is a homophobe are stupid, he has nothing against homosexuals. CHECK YOUR SOURCES!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:23am