Mitt Romney Radio Ad Attacks Gays

September 18, 2007 at 4:27 pm 1 comment

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.

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.

Here is the text of the ad:

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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Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Family, LGBT, Marriage, Mitt Romney, Politics, Republicans.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Waymon  |  September 18, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    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…

    Reply

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