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Mitt Romney Asks Court to Force Vote on Anti-Gay Amendment

Well, you can't fault him for keeping his pledges. Mitt Romney did what he said he'd do at his wingnut rally a little more than a week ago, and petitioned the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to force the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage onto the ballot should the legislature fail to vote on it when the constitutional convention reconvenes on January 2. It's widely expected that they won't.

Romney_2Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus co-chair Arline Isaacson called Romney out on the move: "Romney is pursuing this aggressively because he seeks to keep his name front and center at the national level as an anti-gay zealot in order to court conservative voters around the country. This is a badge of honor for him."

Other votes aside from gay marriage, such as making health care a constitutional right, were postponed by the legislature as well. Romney felt no need to make a plea about those measures.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for two and a half years.

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  1. I have to say that banning gay marriage is horrid, but I do think that a vote needs to be done. They need to vote no and not let it just die. Voting no gives an affirmative to the GLBT Community that the legislature is behind us.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 27, 2006 11:54:34 AM


  2. Mitt Romney is a fucking asshole who "bent the law" himself in order to get elected in Massachusetts in the first place! He wasn't even a resident!!

    Here's hoping that he will just become a minor, homophobic, footnote in history...

    Posted by: TigerYogi | Nov 27, 2006 12:34:45 PM


  3. Relax Mitt! I think your magic underpants have been riding too high for too long.

    Posted by: B | Nov 27, 2006 12:36:41 PM


  4. Mitt may have pissed the wrong people off. As it happens, he used his PAC to contribute a bunch of money to GOP candidates running for the US House and Senate in a number of states EXCEPT Massachusetts. Now the MA GOP is getting ticked off. The fact that he doesn't seem to really give a rip about the Bay State may be a factor in this blatant grab at the national spotlight.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 27, 2006 12:48:15 PM


  5. I completely disagree that a vote needs to be done. Since when have civil rights been decided by popular vote in this country?

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 27, 2006 1:04:58 PM


  6. So I guess activist judges have their place afterall. But wait, somehow Sean Hannity will spin it that the judges are activist if they do nothing.

    Posted by: Rich | Nov 27, 2006 1:28:23 PM


  7. Daniel. I see your viewpoint on this article. Yes, you are correct that civil rights have never been decided by popular vote, but it would still be a nice gesture.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 27, 2006 1:58:56 PM


  8. As far as what he's doing away from the spotlight, the first whiffs are coming in and they don't smell good. This from the latest issue of "Time."

    "In late October, Romney and his wife Ann, balancing lunch trays on their laps in the den of their Belmont, Mass., home, met with about 15 evangelical leaders from as far away as Alaska, including Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Southern Baptist leader Richard Land. The three-hour meeting was set up by Mark DeMoss, a p.r. consultant who specializes in Evangelicals. Charles Colson, the former Nixon official and convicted Watergate conspirator who founded a prison ministry and now hosts a popular evangelical radio show, told TIME that Romney's faith should not disqualify him. 'You wouldn't vote for a man just because he is a Christian, nor would you vote against a man just because he was a Mormon', Colson says."

    Posted by: Leland | Nov 27, 2006 6:33:36 PM


  9. ah yes. Those wacky Mormons may be going to Hell but at least they hate the fags as much as we Evangelicals. We can get behind a candidate like that!

    Posted by: mark m | Nov 28, 2006 8:30:39 AM


  10. Mitt Romney: the ultimate hypocrite. After hearing the Republicans whine about "activist" judges for so many years, it's refreshing to see their hypocrisy exposed when they go crawling to the court for an "activist" judgement in their direction. Morons.

    Posted by: erik | Nov 28, 2006 6:03:48 PM


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