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New HRC ad attacks Mitt Romney’s record on LGBT rights

Friday, November 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — With the 2012 presidential election just days away, the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest LGBT equality rights advocacy group, released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney record on LGBT rights.

According to HRC, the GOP presidential hopeful and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), represent a “devastating leap backwards for LGBT Americans seeking full equality.”

Recent polling numbers suggests that LGBT voters could have a huge impact on Tuesday’s election given the tight race between the president and Romney.

Polling data has also shown that the president has enjoyed an increase of support from the LGBTQ community since just prior to the convention in late August. Part of that increase political analysts think is attributable to the Republican focus on socially conservative issues, such as the inclusion within the party platform an anti-same-sex marriage position.

The HRC ad highlights Romney’s appearance on Pier Morgan’s CNN program, in which Romney blamed the gay community for changing “their perspective as to what they wanted,” as the basis of his opposition to strengthening LGBT rights.

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According to the HRC::

“Mitt Romney will say anything to get elected. If you’re confused on where Romney stands on a variety of matters of LGBT equality, you’re not alone – depending on the audience Romney is speaking to and the level of office he’s seeking, he’s apt to adopt a wide-range of often conflicting positions.

In 1994, Mitt Romney vowed to be a better advocate for LGBT equality than Ted Kennedy. He supported a federal employment non-discrimination act and called open military service a “shared goal” with the LGBT community.

However, by the time he sought national office in 2008 and again in 2012, Romney moved so far to the right that his statements in 1994 can now be seen for what they truly were: political posturing and an attempt to woo and use the LGBT community in Massachusetts to advance his own agenda.”

HRC said that between the positions of the two candidates, the ability of LGBT people to marry the person they love, start and protect families, and achieve equal protections under the law all come under attack.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Duh

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:44pm
  2. Good.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:46pm
  3. Good!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:55pm
  4. Well, I sure *hope* we can have a huge impact on this election. We sure haven’t gotten marriage equality passed at the ballot box! &-{/}

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:12pm
  5. Sharing. And I think I threw up a little. I wonder which of the 3 Mormon heavens he will really go to?

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:14pm
  6. You know, whenever this guy lies (which is often), he gets that weird smirk on his face. Y’all know the one I’m talking about! Anyway, I digress… Here is WA state the polls are showing strong numbers in favor of R-74! If it passes, WA will the the first state to uphold marriage equality, VOTED IN BY THE PEOPLE!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:17pm
  7. Gary johnson everyone. that is all.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:50am
  8. Diana, that clip mentions Mormons as an umbrella term, NOT specifically mitt romney and his views on gay marrriage. The clip even says that Romney doesn’t comment much on his religion. Your point at the end is invalid.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:54am
  9. Obama is NOT for gay marriage , only civil visitation rights.
    He’s just BSing you to get a vote. (Only Gary Johnson is for it)

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:43am
  10. OH NO

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:58pm
  11. LMAO LMAO LMAO YES

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:59pm
  12. >:D

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:59pm
  13. Can’t wait until election over. Hate hearing about him.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:14pm
  14. its ok because that will only make us stronger and bolder when it comes to equal marriage just keep fighting because this has been going on for 2 many generations since the 1960s or more time for change :)

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:19pm
  15. I have many reasons why I’m voting for Obama. But this is the most emotional and important one. Vote for equality. Vote for love.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:40pm
  16. Romney sucks

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:11pm
  17. WOW!

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:53pm