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RNC 2012: Romney pledges to ‘honor the institution of marriage’

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Friday, August 31, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially accepted his party’s nomination for president Thursday evening while pledging to “honor the institution of marriage” if elected.

During his speech before the Republican National Convention, Romney alluded to marriage in a brief portion of his speech that apparently was intended as a broader signal of support to social conservatives.

“As president, I will protect the sanctity of life,” Romney said. “I will honor the institution of marriage, and I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.”

Mitt Romney. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.)

As with references to marriage in speeches earlier in the week from GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Romney didn’t explicitly say that his vision for marriage excluded same-sex couples. But Romney’s opposition to marriage equality is well known, including his support for a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country.

Romney’s reference to marriage could also be a knock against President Obama, who has come out in favor of marriage equality, dropped defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court and advanced an array of pro-LGBT policies while in office.

But for the most part, Romney’s speech consisted of narrating personal accounts of his family and business career, laying out a basic vision for where he wants to take the country and criticizing Obama for his decision-making over the past three-and-a-half years.

Romney articulated a five-step plan that he said would create 12 million new jobs — although he offered few details for each of these steps in his proposal.

The plan involved 1) making America energy independent by 2020 through expanding oil, coal and gas and renewable domestic energy production; 2) giving parents the option of school choice and every child a chance in the education system; 3) forging new trade agreements and punishing countries that cheat in trade; 4) cutting the deficit to put the country on track to a balanced budget; and 5) encouraging small business growth by reducing taxes and regulations as well as repealing health care reform.

Romney also called out to voters who supported Obama in the 2008 election but had become disaffected with his presidency because of the stagnant economy, saying, “I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.”

“Tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?” Romney said. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”

In an apparent attempt to reach out to women voters, Romney noted that women are now more likely to start their own businesses and devoted a significant portion of his speech to talking about the important role his wife Ann Romney played in raising their family as well as the bid of his mother, Lenore Romney, to become a U.S. senator in 1970.

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38 more reader comments:

  1. Romney is the most honorable ignorant immigrant…

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:42am
  2. Blah blah blah……….

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:46am
  3. I disagree with him, but the likelihood of that even happening is less than 1%. It’s EXTREMELY hard to pass a constitutional amendment. Obama may be pro-gay-marriage, but he is a colossal failure and everyone knows it.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:46am
  4. The freedom of religion, as in the freedom to believe whichever branch of Christianity you choose. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean imposing your religious beliefs on other people.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:47am
  5. Why did he not just say it outright – “I am against equality”. Problem is, that would be truthful. Washington is short on that, and that is really sad.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:47am
  6. If you’re going to truly honor marriage, you wouldn’t put restrains on it and you would allow two people that LOVE eachother regardless of thier sexual orientation to get married. THAT would be protecting marriage. By using it to discriminate and spread negative energies, that is not protecting it, that is shitting on it.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:49am
  7. I hope his children come out as gay

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:49am
  8. If anyone sees this as anything other that Romneys way of covering his ass in this part where Obama (Sorry Nicholas you don’t speak for everyone ISNT a colossal failure) being supportive of gay marriage. Why the fuck would Romney support gays when he don’t even value women rights?

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:50am
  9. Oh, I am also disappointed in Obama’s equality record too.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:52am
  10. Thank goodness we have someone to honor the institution of marriage (sarcasm). Maybe all those straight folks will stop getting divorced 50% of the time.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:54am
  11. He don’t know shit about marriage!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:54am
  12. R money! At it again! What a bag of shit! Both him and Ryan displayed their “trophy” wives at the end. “we have a REAL marriage”. Yeah you keep telling yourself that! Lol

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:55am
  13. Joaquin, obviously you don’t read well… Obama is FOR equality!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:56am
  14. Obama only did what he did because its election year im a gay married man and im voting for ROMNEY we need the change

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:56am
  15. Richard you are a disgrace to the Gay nation!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:57am
  16. Nicholas Papa: No, he’s not a Failure in the slightest.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:57am
  17. Blah, blah, blah… (insert rhetoric pandering to his fringe, extremist zealots)….blah, blah, blah….(insert lies and omissions)….blah, blah, blah….

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:57am
  18. Richard Alan Reid: So you Vote Against Equality. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:58am
  19. Nicholas, where were you over the 8 years that Bush was in office? It takes alot of time and money to fix that amount of STUPID!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:59am
  20. The only institution Romney should protect is the one he and Ryan should both be in.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:59am
  21. I’m so sick of people thinking Bush’s fuck ups can be fix over night… Bush was in the chair for EIGHT YEARS, and it’s going to take longer than that to fix this… ROMNEY IS BUSH ALL OVER AGAIN.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:04am
  22. 2 words: Joseph Smith

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:06am
  23. Billy, there is “for” and “do”. Obama did not do enough in my opinion, and yes, I can read just fine, thank you.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:06am
  24. Any gay person who votes for this guy is a moron.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:12am
  25. Agreed, Amber. America needs equality, not some theocracy. That in of itself is filled with irony because the same people are yelling “freedom” when in the fine print reads, “As long as you agree you will do as you’re told”. Everything from second amendment remedies when things do not go their way, deportations, and overt hate speech. The fight for civil rights has not ended, unfortunately.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:19am
  26. I honor Romney with a one finger salute.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:36am
  27. I would never want to be anywhere in America except the East Coast or West Coast… the rest of America is just one ignorant, stagnant, big black hole that refuses to move past the year 1950.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:42am
  28. Screw him and his bigoted greed monsters’n

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:45am
  29. Gary Johnson is looking better all the time.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:16am
  30. …and by “honor”, he means “segregate”.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:17am
  31. I refuse to honor the institution of romney.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:58am
  32. how are we supposed to “marry” then?

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:24am
  33. Why are all these fucking Republicans the same?!? Can’t we just have someone who is open minded and not a bible thumper in office. Its like theres a certain procedure to be a Rep. C’MON!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11:50am
  34. Is he also going to honor child abuse, sexual predators and others who do much worse things than being gay.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2:55pm
  35. an idiotic moron

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 3:39pm
  36. Here’s a better idea Mitt go back to the hole you crawled out of and let equality reign with Obama as our president over your antiquated ass

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:28pm
  37. im sure that will make all of his wives very happy, just like his grandaddy

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:30pm
  38. I will just fart in ignorant peoples faces. Easier than arguing =)

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:43pm