Michael Crawford

Mitt Romney Radio Ad Attacks Gays

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 18, 2007 9:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: federal marriage amendment, gay marriage, gay rights, marriage, marriage rights, Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is running a new radio ad in Iowa touting his support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage between same-sex couples. He and the oh so perky announcer blather on about the need to defend traditional marriage, but say nothing about the lies, adultery and divorce that have ended marriages among his fellow Republican presidential candidates. You can listen to the ad here.

Romney is desperately trying to prove his conservative bonafides with the white evangelical conservatives that make up the Republican base and the best way to do that seems to be to bash the gays. As the New York Times points out though, Romney has a rather complicated history on gay rights.

He has been consistent in his opposition to gay marriage over the years, but when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and then for governor in 2002 his tone on gay rights was decidedly different than it is on the presidential campaign trail today. Back then, he portrayed himself as someone who would fight for gay equality, including partnership rights for same-sex couples. In 1994, when he ran against Senator Edward Kennedy, Mr. Romney said he supported federal legislation to bar discrimination against gays. In 2002, he also promised members of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization, according to several people who were at a meeting with him, that he would not champion a fight for or against gay marriage.

Read the text of the ad after the jump.

ANNOUNCER: “In 2004, a judge in Massachusetts tipped the balance – paving the way to same-sex marriage for the first time in history.“

But the Governor of Massachusetts stood up, defending conservative values in our most liberal state.

“Governor Mitt Romney – he stood up for traditional marriage and fought the activist ruling every step.”

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “The courtroom should be a place where laws are interpreted, not made.”

ANNOUNCER: “Now, Mitt Romney is standing up for traditional marriage in Iowa, opposing the Polk County decision to permit same-sex marriage.”

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “The court ruling in Iowa is just another example of an activist judge trying to find things in the Constitution that aren’t there. As Republicans, we must oppose discrimination and defend traditional marriage: one man, one woman.”

ANNOUNCER: “That’s why Mitt Romney is supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution.”

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “Not all Republican candidates for president agree, but defending marriage is the right thing to do.”

ANNOUNCER: “Mitt Romney.”

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”

ANNOUNCER: “Paid for by Romney For President. MittRomney.com.”


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Wow. Romney is a dangerous, dishonest, and ambitious jackass. It just shows that elect-ability (republican-speak for hate-mongering), and NOT morals, guide his campaign...

Not that Romney isn't an two-faced ass, but how does that advertisement attack us?

Romney like any of his ilk gets the "activist judges" item completely wrong. What occurred in either Massachusetts or Iowa was an interpretation of law, the supreme law of the state, their constitutions.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | September 19, 2007 8:40 AM

Lynn,

Romney specifically says that he wants to defend traditional marriage and the announcer makes the point that Romney would do so through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. That sounds like quite an attack against LGBT people to me.

Mitt Romney is a Panderbear. He disgusts me.

Romney once courted gay and lesbian votes touring gay bars while running for governor of MA. This ad indicts him as a two-faced rat, a typical member of the Democratic and Republican Party, who if he wins will fit right in when he gets to Washington.

Until recently Mitt Romney’s Utah based fundraiser was Robert Lichfield. Lichfield runs a group of christian/LDS youth reeducation camps. He was forced to resign as Romney’s fundraiser when he became the defendant in a federal lawsuit charging that students at these "behavior modification” camps suffer "physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse." No doubt the worst abuse was reserved for the worst sinners - young gays and lesbians, some in their very early teens. (Deseret Morning New, SLC, Ut, September 6th, and 7th or just google the names Lichfeld, not Litchfield, and Romney together).

The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Utah contends that the children forced into these camps by their self-righteous and incompetent parents for being ‘ungodly’ were kicked, beaten, thrown to the ground, imprisoned in animal cages, made to eat their vomit, instructed to clean toilets with a toothbrush and then brush their teeth with it, and forced into sexual acts.

That’s the real thing – child abuse and it's as repulsive and perverted as the kind committed by priests on altar boys.

Republicans (the Repugnant Party) are baboons in people suits with a totalitarian christian attached at the hip. Democrats (the Deceitful Party) are Republicans in drag. Which ever one wins we end up paying the price - dying in wars, suffering discrimination, coping with a lowered standard of living, or just drowning when the levees break.

It really says a lot about American politics that anyone at all is listening to Mitt Romney at this point. It says a whole lot. This dude has no principles and the ones he supports now are pretty damn awful (let's double gitmo!).

But he's rich and has great hair! Woo hoo! We can bring democracy to the ME with that hair!

Michael Crawford wrote:

Romney specifically says that he wants to defend traditional marriage and the announcer makes the point that Romney would do so through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. That sounds like quite an attack against LGBT people to me.

Oh, ok.... it's just where I live in SW Indiana that opinion is par for the course. I hear it every week, even from my relatives - "these gays, they're everywhere..." So you get a little tougher skin (needs more moisturizing!).