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National Organization for Marriage endorses Mitt Romney

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday officially threw its support behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he has been called upon to renounce the anti-gay group’s support.

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Brian Brown, NOM’s president, endorsed the candidate in a statement, saying the time has come for social conservatives need to rally around a nominee to defeat President Obama in November.

“We are proud to endorse Mitt Romney for president,” Brown said. “Gov. Romney was an early signer of NOM’s presidential pledge which represents his commitment to the nation to take specific actions as president to preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

In August, Romney was among the candidates who signed a pledge from NOM committing himself to back a Federal Marriage Amendment, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and establish a commission on “religious liberty” to investigate the alleged harassment of same-sex marriage supporters.

“Now is the time for all people who recognize the importance of marriage to come together to support a true champion, Mitt Romney, against an incumbent who has done virtually everything in his power to undermine the institution of marriage,” Brown continued.

The endorsement comes the day after Romney’s main challenger in the race, Rick Santorum, announced he was suspending his campaign for the presidency, leaving Romney the only candidate with virtually any chance with obtaining the Republican nomination. Like Romney, Santorum was a signer of NOM’s pledge but was known for having even stronger anti-gay views than the former Massachusetts governor.

Brown also took a dig at Obama in the announcement. Among other things, Obama criticized the president for coming out against anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives and appointing individuals who support same-sex marriage as national campaign co-chairs. Obama said he could “evolve” to support marriage equality, but hasn’t yet endorsed marriage rights for gay couples.

“Incredibly, Obama still apparently claims to personally support traditional marriage,” Brown said. “With friends like President Obama, the institution of marriage doesn’t need enemies.”

Clo Ewing, an Obama campaign spokesperson, highlighted the contrast between Obama and Romney in response to NOM’s endorsement of the Republican candidate.

“President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same legal protections as straight couples,” Ewing said. “That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and has taken steps to weaken this discriminatory law until the time it can be repealed legislatively. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, who promised to be to the left of Senator Kennedy on gay rights is now being endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, an organization committed to limiting the legal protections of the LGBT community.”

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27 more reader comments:

  1. if he’s for real and not full of hot air

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:18am
  2. No surprise there

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:18am
  3. reason enough not to vote for him…then add that he’s an ass that is against everything I believe in…

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:19am
  4. In other news earth continues to revolve around sun. Has no plans to change trajectory.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:20am
  5. big surprise….

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:20am
  6. Mitt Romney, I have one thing to say: Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one. We’re not forcing you do anything, so you cannot impose a single religionn’s morality upon na entire nation.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:22am
  7. what else would we expect from that hate group?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:27am
  8. What a surprise the homophobes like the Mitten – I wonder when the Mormon teachings about people with darker skin will start emerging..??!!??

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:28am
  9. lets put this in perspective… people of the LGBTQ community probably won’t vote for him ( thats one tenth of america), democrats, liberals, etc. won’t vote for him (thats probably more than half of america), people with common sense won’t vote for him, and there are the people that don’t vote; so in conclusion he’s an ass….. but at least he won’t win!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:30am
  10. Barf

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:33am
  11. Bigots endorsing a bigot. No big surprise.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:33am
  12. Wait, let me put on my surprised face. Haters love haters!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:37am
  13. Daniel, isn’t that what we said when George Bush didn’t win but ended up being the President?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:38am
  14. How predictable.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:41am
  15. whos surprised!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:45am
  16. idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:46am
  17. One more reason to vote for Obama or not vote at all. We all know the Electoral College is rigged anyways and it doesn’t matter what the votes say. The Government is going to have its way one way or the other, citizens be damned.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:47am
  18. Yeah I bet they do…wait-they know he’s mormon right??

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:49am
  19. Figures they would endorse someone who’s religion is ok with polygamy…as long as it’s not gay marriage. Idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:50am
  20. there goes his street cred…lol

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:01am
  21. Well, that`s why he is going to loose it too!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:09am
  22. Loser endorsing a loser?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:15am
  23. I won’t wear the Mitt.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:41am
  24. Oh please! Did we expect anything different? A group of hateful bigots endorsing one of their own. The sun rises tomorrow as usual, folks!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:00pm
  25. Not surprised!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:43pm
  26. Passing the baton to spread homophobia!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2:33pm
  27. Same B.S. ..New Face

    Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:02pm