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In 2006, Romney blasted same-sex marriage as ‘Blow to the Foundation of Civilization’

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prior to launching his first run for president, Mitt Romney in 2006 addressed an event called “Liberty Sunday” at Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church where he spoke alongside anti-gay activists and attacked marriage equality as harmful to children and civilization itself.

Watch:

Warning against the “homosexual agenda,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins introduced Mitt and Ann Romney and lauded the former Massachusetts governor for understanding “the threat that this imposes to our nation.”

Romney condemned people, especially activist judges, whom he accused of “trying to establish one religion, the religion of secularism” and “reject traditional values” and “reject the values of our Founders.”

“Here in Massachusetts, activist judges struck a blow to the foundation of civilization — the family — they ruled that our constitution requires people of the same gender to marry,” Romney said.

“The principal burden of this court’s ruling doesn’t fall on adults, it falls on children.” He continued, “The price of same-sex marriage is paid by the children, our fight for marriage then should focus then on the needs of children, not the rights of adults.”

Romney called for the adoption of a Federal Marriage Amendment to block the “spreading secular religion and its substitute values” that he said “weaken the foundation of the family” and dishonor the Founders.

Other speakers included Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, American Family Association president Don Wildmon, and preacher Wellington Boone, who reminisced about the time when sodomy was a capital offense in America, joked about “sodomite island,” and said the push for LGBT rights represents the “rape of the civil rights movement.”

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29 more reader comments:

  1. smh…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:14pm
  2. yea doesnt surprise me

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:15pm
  3. ROM:N€¥:THE:A$$:HAT!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:16pm
  4. -facepalm-

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:17pm
  5. Nothing he does surprises me!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:17pm
  6. Seriously give it up Romney.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:17pm
  7. He’s just an idiot!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:18pm
  8. LMAO civilization needs a good blow:)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:20pm
  9. Drama Queen.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:20pm
  10. What a knob!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:22pm
  11. HOMOPHOBE!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:24pm
  12. he he He said “Blow”!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:24pm
  13. KLANSMEN ARE NOT CIVILIZED!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:25pm
  14. There is no way this fucker is getting my vote in November. He did a great job with SLC 2002 Olympics but this isn’t the olympics. Romney for president can shit and fall back in it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:30pm
  15. the only reason he did good with the SLC Olympics is because at his order they went to Mexico and brought in cheap unskilled undocumented labor to build it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:35pm
  16. Yeah, all Europe really broke down totally because of them fags and dykes marrying all over the place.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:39pm
  17. I believe he’s confused “gay-marriage” with divorce. More than 50% of Ameican Christians are divorced, despite the fact that Jesus said divorce was a sin. He never said anything at all about same gender loving, though, not one word.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:43pm
  18. REALLY!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:50pm
  19. There is clear differences between Mit Romney and Barack Obama. Make your choice and stand by it!! One wants to amend the constitution with hatred and the other one doesn’t. Stand up with Barack Obama and me!! Let’s make some noise…let the majority rule…Live and Let Live!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:53pm
  20. Unfortunately, unless a person’s directly impacted by GLBT matters, they won’t vote based on that. Some people just want Obama out of office and will simply vote for whomever is running against him.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:57pm
  21. and we’ll huff n puff and blow your foundation down…… really….

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:57pm
  22. nice Joch mouth your hatred is irrelavent here

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:19pm
  23. The guy’s such a closed minded idiot.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:47pm
  24. Its sad because it is true…as Tiffany said, unless a person is directly impacted by these matters their votes will not be affected at all!!! I am an avid support of the LGBT community and my parents and siblings are also…my sister is also out and proud!!! But my Aunt and her Husband, who is a Catholic Priest, and she i know loves me in her way, doesn’t support the LGBT community at all!!!! we have had several debates…and it will not change my Sexual Orientation…even close loved ones can be separated when their opinions differ in strong ways…it hurts and it is very sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:04pm
  25. Bigots are us…the GOP motto !

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:46pm
  26. This man cannot be President!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:25pm
  27. I think it’s time for a vote of none of the above

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:35pm
  28. Ok.. soap box time… there will be colourful language, be warned….. I am an American and I am ashamed of my country. The new presidential race has now become a platform for gay marriage equality. Everyone is up in arms about Obama supporting gay EQUALITY. I would like to point out that Mitt Romney started this ball rolling. And now NC have actually placed an amendment in their state constitution banning EQUALITY to gays. There have been bigoted assholes getting on radio and tv spreading their hatred bullshit and I am disgusted!!! I want to point out that the USA is supposed to be based on separation of state. What does that mean? It means that religion has no place in politics. We are all created equal, with the right and freedom of expression and beliefs without fear of persecution, as long as these believes or expressions do not violate the rights of others. I would like to point out to all these bible bashing fucks that Jesus taught compassion, acceptance, love, and forgiveness. By you taking upon yourself to rebuke such teachings, by your own belief structure, you are sinning. You are stating that you know better than god, therefore nullifing his existence, which also means based on your belief structure, YOU ARE GOING TO HELL! I have seen loved ones ridiculed and hated because of who they love so I want to put this out there. It is no one else’s business who you decide to love or marry. We as a people need to focus on ensuring that people are safe, treated with respect, and provided for. Focus on the murders, the rapists, the wars, famine, and caring for the vulnerable and less fortunate! To politicians and religious leaders, if you are not prepared to adress any of those areas, then shut the fuck up!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 2:02am
  29. So it is better for “civilization” that gay people have sex without getting married? That’s silly.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:54am