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Romney reaffirms opposition to marriage equality for same-sex couples

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On the same day as President Barack Obama historically announced his support for marriage equality, Mitt Romney told a Denver television station, “If a civil union is identical to marriage other than in the name, I don’t support that.”

Romney laid out his belief that marriage — and anything resembling it — should be restricted to heterosexual couples, even as he acknowledged that it was “a very tender and sensitive topic.”

“My view is the same as it’s been from the beginning,” Romney said. “I don’t favor civil unions if it’s identical to marriage, and I don’t favor marriage between people of the same gender.”

Asked why he opposed civil unions, in particular, Romney explained that in many cases they represent marriage by a different name for gay couples.

“It’s disheartening – but not at all surprising – that on this historic day, Mitt Romney is yet again bowing to the demands of his far-right anti-gay supporters and speaking out against not just marriage, but even civil unions,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“Today, we heard from President Obama a message of hope that made a compelling case for why committed, loving same-sex couples deserve the right to marry.

“Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is seeking to undo all of the hard-fought progress we’ve achieved over these past few years. He wants to codify discrimination against LGBT people into our Constitution via a federal marriage amendment, and he refuses to acknowledge the dignity and basic protections our families need.”

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, vehemently fought against marriage equality when it became law in Massachusetts and has petitioned Congress for a federal marriage amendment that would strip marriage equality from couples in six states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriages are currently legal.

Romney has aligned himself closely – both through financial support and in his policies – with the rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and last year signed their extremist “marriage vow,” in which he promises to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, vigorously push for a federal marriage amendment, and set up a McCarthy-like commission to investigate LGBT equality supporters.

Romney opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and opposes federal protections for LGBT people in the workplace, and said he feels an employment non-discrimination act would place an “undue burden” on employers.

During a previous campaign stop in South Carolina, he referred to LGBT families in Massachusetts with disgust, telling the crowd, “Some of them are even having children born to them.”

Mitt Romney’s policies are rooted in the agendas of extremist anti-gay groups. Learn more about Romney’s disastrous track record on issues of LGBT equality at hrc.org/mittnmatch.

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  1. No shit. He’s already warming up the ovens for us.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:50pm
  2. haha that’s funny

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:51pm
  3. Mitt Romney is a friggin idiot

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:51pm
  4. No surprise there.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:51pm
  5. Hey have his opinion all he wants. I just hope he knows it won’t help him get elected.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:51pm
  6. asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:51pm
  7. Well, am I ever surprised! But who the hell cares, anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:52pm
  8. boohoo!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:52pm
  9. i’m going to make use of the first amendment and say that i’m definitely not voting for that d-bag.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:52pm
  10. He makes me SICK!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:52pm
  11. He use to be pro gay marriage, and pro choice, now hes flip floped again, how many times does that make for him?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  12. Breaking News: Mitt Romney’s a dick.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  13. Fip Flopper asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  14. flip

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  15. By giving gays the right to civil unions, but not marriage, Romney and his cronies are saying loud and clear that gays are 2nd class citizens.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  16. If he gets into teh White House, I’m moving to Canada!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  17. dick

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  18. at least i still have the right to NOT vote for him!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  19. Four years ago, Barack Obama opposed gay marriage too. He’s only come out in support to get votes. This is a purely political move, and Obama (pre-presidency) has done significantly less for discrimination rights than Romney. If I were American, this certainly wouldn’t change my vote one bit.
    Romney 2012.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:53pm
  20. The fight is not over you’all. Obama may “support” LGBT rights for now, but he isn’t doing anything to help. Hopefully he will continue to grow and do it. But until he starts to do things to help the LGBT community for equal rights, I’d treat him the same. The timing of him admitting he is for equality is too shady. But, he has admitted it, which is a HUGE accomplishments.
    The world is starting to come around<3

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:54pm
  21. A dick that no gay person would even touch!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:54pm
  22. …or a straight woman with a good head on her shoulders!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:54pm
  23. Romney needs to get laid ASAP -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:54pm
  24. Big. Shock.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:54pm
  25. Oh well. This is still gonna cost Romney some votes. Not that he’d get much anyway except from people who can’t think for themselves and agree that getting themselves fucked over is the only way to restore the economy. -__-

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:55pm
  26. This is why I like living in Canada.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:55pm
  27. Douchebag. Who raped him in the butt as a child so much that he hates gays now? O.o

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:56pm
  28. Go fuck yourself Romney

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:56pm
  29. this man is an ignorant asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:57pm
  30. F. Mitt Romney and his b.s.! He’s probably one of us lol. Dangit gays quit turning on ourselves! COUNTER PRODUCTIVE!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:58pm
  31. For the person saying that Obama has done nothing for the rights of the LGTBQ don’t ask don’t tell was repealed by Obama

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:58pm
  32. I know who is losing this election lol

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  33. Douchebag of the year.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  34. He’s a brain washed ignorant freak.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  35. jackass

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  36. He was for it before he was against it. Now why was he picked again?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  37. Ignorant jerk!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  38. yeah, and he believes in magic underwear too !

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:59pm
  39. Mitt Romney is an ass!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:01pm
  40. Travis Hay, you are beyond deluded. Romney isn’t just against gay marriage, he’s also against any form of same-sex civil unions as well. And as for Obama having done nothing more for gay rights before coming out for marriage equality, he campaigned on repealed DADT, and did it. Romney said it was a great policy. Obama has stopped defending DOMA in court. Romney says that too is a great policy. Even before today, Obama fully supported equal-right civil unions. Romney is opposed.

    You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about in this field if you are trying to claim that Romney is just as supporting of LGBT folk as Obama; either that, or you’re lying out your ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:01pm
  41. Too bad his views are sooo 15 years ago

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:01pm
  42. That Stupid SOB!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:02pm
  43. Okay, if this loon wins the election, all of you can come live here in Canada. We totally get you!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:02pm
  44. Fuck you, Mitt Romney.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:02pm
  45. i thought mitts and ricks head would exploded today….lol…oh well!!!!they are is still around.:(

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:03pm
  46. I wish some one would shut this bigot up for good I really hate his smug arogant ass and shure as hell will not be voting for his sorry ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:09pm
  47. so much for this election he don’t have a chance in hell now for a win that’s ok never wanted him anyways lame jerk

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:09pm
  48. At least we know he’s the dutiful, brainwashed, obedient Mormon.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:10pm
  49. basically gay marriage will be the deciding factor for the Presidency. My question is will America remain behind the standard or will be once again become leaders, and CREATE the standard.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:11pm
  50. ???

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:11pm
  51. Well he is an ass, typical Republican homophobe, they think gay people don’t deserve the same rights as everyone else.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:12pm
  52. Who cares!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:12pm
  53. What an ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:13pm
  54. Hi I’m Mitt Romney and I’m a Mormon lol

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:13pm
  55. Well that was obvious! Not
    Gonna help him much seeing as majority of Americans support same-sex marriage!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:14pm
  56. ask mitt later in the week he will have NO memory of his comment

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:14pm
  57. Can we stop focusing on this fucking moron for one day and focus on what our PRESIDENT said? Why are you ruining such a good day with this negativity?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:15pm
  58. Words cannot describe the hate I have for this pig.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:22pm
  59. Romney doesn’t matter and doesn’t stand a chance!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:26pm
  60. Here’s hoping everyone votes for Obama!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:29pm
  61. DISLIKE!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:33pm
  62. Matt Mercer there’s a picture of rush limbaugh and he’s so purple in the face about this is looks like he will have a stroke lol

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:37pm
  63. Exactly why he SHOULD NOT be president. He obviously thinks we live in a theocracy where one religious belief guides how laws are made. Vote Obama!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:37pm
  64. PIG!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:41pm
  65. Then he should not marry a man.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:43pm
  66. End of story.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:43pm
  67. Wake up & smell the future Mitt!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:45pm
  68. Fuck u Mitt Bitch!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:48pm
  69. Whatever – he is a hateful liar who only cares about money, his cult and being a President (good luck with the latter).

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:55pm
  70. Romney is a stinking piece of shit.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:55pm
  71. we should reaffirm our opposition to religious cults, such as the mormon “church”……

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:56pm
  72. Sorry Mitt, you just lost me!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:17pm
  73. Perhaps he does that only to oppose Obama…

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:24pm
  74. He doesn’t even know what a civil union is. What a tool.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:37pm
  75. Just goes to show you what a flip floppin’ a-hole this guy is. If he’s running for U.S. Senate againnst the great, late Ted Kennedy, he’s running to the LEFT of Kenney, as a Republican. Thwn, when he decides he wants to run for Governor of Mass., he runs as a center-left moderate Republican and then half way into his 1st and only term as Governor as Mass. he runs to the RIGHT of everything. THIS GUY CANNOT BE TRUSTED AND THAT’S EHY CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS, ALIKE DO NOT LIKE HIM!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:48pm
  76. Sorry for the typos but u get the point!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:49pm
  77. F**k the inbred douche!.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:20pm
  78. Well, now we know who to not to vote for.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:23pm
  79. You never got my vote in the first place you will never get it now

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:24pm
  80. Romney never had a solid plan to repair the economy in the first place. I’ll admit Obama’s economic policies are a mixed blessing, but I can’t imagine being better under Romney than Obama. And if any non-Rethuglican thought they had any reason to vote for Romney, and were wondering if they should vote Romney, I’d say they need to hear about this.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:00am
  81. That should make the bigoted, Republicans happy. I’m stand proud that live in a very Democratic city, Chicago.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:29am
  82. What is this Nazi Germany?

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:39am
  83. Exactly why we should all be voting for BARACK OBAMA in 2012!!!! We must send a clear message that bigotry will not be tolerated in our elected officials!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:38am
  84. I HATE romney! HE Is DANGEROUS!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:59am
  85. Romney supports sherea law. antigay laws are religion enforcing laws therefore its totally honest saying that the republicans support sherea law

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:21am
  86. this guy is such a dick ugh he makes me angry

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:34am
  87. DISLIKE!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:57am
  88. Gee I’m so shocked…Romney is an idiot anyway!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:47am
  89. He’s a “Hole” ! God help us, if this happens to us.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:03am
  90. I hope he has another kid and I hope they are gay!!!! THen maybe he will change his views.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:11am
  91. He confirms he is an ignorant, hate-filled POS.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:13am
  92. AND yet a bunch of GAY people a whining about President Obama and his Administration’s STRATEGY toward equality like we’re the only damn group in American who has had this battle. Please. Read the last 200 years of American history and be happy sh*t is going THIS fast.

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:15am
  93. Gee, what a surprise…

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:15am
  94. What a tool…..

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:41am
  95. This prick is out of touch from reality on ALL levels!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8:03am
  96. Well good, at least he confirms he’s an asswipe!

    Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:18am