Mitt Romney: “I am not Anti-Gay”

Speaking to a crowd at a Jacksonville, Florida library today, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke of his feelings about gay people, elaborating on comments he made yesterday at a campaign event.

RomneyAt that event, someone asked Romney if pastors should preach that homosexuality is a sin. Romney answered that elected officials should not dictate what pastors preach. He later told the Associated Press, “I don’t think that a person who’s running for a secular position as I am should talk about or engage in discussions of what they in their personal faith or their personal beliefs is immoral or not immoral.”

Today he went further. Said Romney: “What you look for in a leader is someone who will welcome and treat with respect people who made different choices and have different beliefs in their lives and have differences. I have nothing but respect and feelings of tolerance for people with differences from myself and feel that way with regards to those who are gay…I oppose discrimination against gay people. I am not anti-gay. I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay and that’s not me.”

According to the AP, “He noted that one of his Cabinet members was gay and that he appointed gays to positions of responsibility in his administration….He said he is opposed to gay marriage because it’s not in the best interest of children.”

I’d love for some of these reporters to start asking these bigots about Mary Cheney.

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Comments

  1. sam says

    He is not anti-gay, but he thinks gay marriage is not in the best interest of children? Why not? Gays are unfit parents? What is it,
    Mr. Not-Anti-Gay? Why do you preach about the evils of gay marriage on campaign stops in South Carolina? Is that how you express your “respect and tolerance?” What does he think “discrimination against gay people” means? What a tool. He will say anything to get elected. He doesn’t believe in anything but his own quest for power.

  2. says

    Dear Mitt,

    What the fuck do children have to do with my childless relationship with my boyfriend? *NO* marriage is about children, you asshole. That’s why there is no reproduction requirement attached to any marriage contract.

    Maybe you should take some time off from all your campaigning to clear your head. Perhaps take a hunting trip with Dick Cheney.

  3. Brian says

    Yeah, no one likes to own their prejudice.

    Just because he’s not actively seeking to imprison and exterminate gays doesn’t make him “not anti-gay”. The fact that he things we don’t deserve the same civil secular rights is enough to qualify him as anti-gay.

  4. julianadotsr says

    Today he launched an ad that really showed his home state of Massachusetts in a negative light. Why did he go to Massachusetts anyway? He should have been a Governor of Utah, then he could have avoided the Massachusetts ads.

    Is he anti-gay? His political positions are anti-gay. Personally he may not be.

    However, I think it is important for us in the GLBT community to never, ever discriminate ourselves against Mormons because that has been a big issue with him. We have gay Mormons in our own community.

    I don’t think Mr. Romney understands that being gay is something only God can create. It is not sexual. Children with great physiological differences at early ages are gay. Being transgender, I understand this more than anyone else. The word/s “homosexual/ity” is not appropriate and should never be said again.

    I think being gay is something that you just have to accept is part of God’s design. IF you don’t believe in GOd, then Mother Nature’s design. Clearly mothers would not give birth to millions and millions of gay children, all having very similar physiological traits, if there was not some sort of natural plan for it.

    As far as marriage is concerned, all children dream of one day meeting someone, marrying, and spending the rest of their lives with that person, and growing old together. Why our young ones do not have that right, and that is one of the greatest moral issues of our time.

    The Republican candidate will very likely always be the anti-gay candidate, for as long as I’m going to live, unless there is some major party realignment, which is possible but very unlikely. Therefore, we should all vote Democratic. It’ll take many years, but one day we will have a Lyndon B. Johnson for us – a president of great political courage who will step out on the limb to support marriage equality. (My guess is after that president leaves office, you’ll see a little backlash like what happened in Canada.)

    Any other predictions of how marriage equality is going to happen in the future? What kind of Congress is it going to take to get that through?

  5. julianadotsr says

    Expanding on my previous comments, I also pray for a Rainbow Revolution, a massive civil rights movement of American GLBT people, their children, mothers, fathers, family, friends, and allies. We should look to the African-American movements of the 50’s and 60’s for inspiration. Within a few generations, we will have enough support to begin a movement for our own kind, a movement of our own. Too bad Harvey Milk is dead. He would have been a wonderful leader of that movement.

  6. adamblast says

    Gay marriage not in the best interest of children?

    Here’s the question to ask: Please explain to me why it’s in little Samuel Cheney’s best interest to forbid one of his parents, Heather Poe, any legal standing in his upbringing?

  7. Dean says

    Let’s see if anyone else agrees with my take on the marriage issue and the “I’m not anti-gay” line…

    Okay, these politicans say they aren’t anti-gay.

    However, they then deny gay people the right to form a legally recognized relationship.

    So, there must be something wrong with having that kind of relationship.

    If there is something wrong with that kind of relationship, then there must be something wrong with gay people who want that kind of relationship.

    If there is something wrong with gay people then shouldn’t they be “helped”.

    HELLO CONCENTRATION CAMPS!!! Or at the very least a psychiatric facility.

    Pardon me if I don’t seem overjoyed at their declarations of “I’m not anti-gay.”

  8. Frank L says

    Clever and careful flip-flopper that Mitt is, he may actually convince some people (including some gays) that he’s not anti-gay with his rhetorical gymnastics. Very disarming of him to actually say I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay and that’s not me.”

    But the proof is in the pudding. As I recall, our current White House occupant made some vaguely tolerant noises about teh gayz when he was a candidate in 1999-2000 too. And Mormonism isn’t known as being a pro-gay religion by any stretch.

  9. Gay Jihad says

    Mitt Romney called San Francisco the stage for liberal social agenda, “Nancy Pelosi- style.” during his speech at CPAC.

    He was refering to the gay community.

    Does this man actually thinks he’s a better person than I am because just because he has a blond wife, a slew of tykes, and million of $ in the bank?

    I am fed up with these individuals deciding for LGBT that their rights “go too far” – it’s no longer enough.

    We ought not to accept that. Spread the word world-net wise. Make them pay for their bigotry.

  10. Veritas says

    Yes, AIDANC, I know something about that hit piece on John Edwards in the increasingly Right-leaning Blade. I know that it was written by the half-wit editor, Kevin Naff, who was created in the image of the former half-wit editor, Chris Crain. Both, despite whatever they might protest to the contrary, are essentionally gay REPUGS with bejewelled switchblades in their man purses for anyone they dislike. Naff admitted that he doesn’t have the courage or self-respect to take his own lover to Naff biological family events where there will be homophobic relatives. Naff wrote that gays were wrong to protest Isaiah Washington’s repeatedly using the word “faggot.” Naff wrote that gays were wrong to be thankful that gay-slurring Don Imus was taken off the air. Ad nauseum.

    Now he’s exploiting—out of context, mind you—a comment NINE YEARS AGO by John Edwards from a book by the notorious failure political advisor Bob “The Curse” Shrum who helped Kerry, Gore, Dukakis, and every other Presidential candidate he’s been involved with going back to McGovern LOSE! While giving lousy, losing advice, Shrum is the kind of notorious “double dipper” who, e.g., gets paid for advising a candidate to do TV commercials and then gets paid AGAIN for “media buys” for them. In the Kerry campaign alone, as DailyKos pointed out, Shrum’s company pocketed $5 MILLION.

    One can only guess why Shrum is now smearing Edwards whom he once worked for. According to “The New Republic,” “Shrum’s constant swipes at Edwards feel like axe-grinding. Why the bitterness? The source close to Edwards cautions that Shrum had sought a bigger role in Edwards’s campaign than the candidate was willing to grant.” But the Blade’s Naff is positively naked [gross thought if you’ve met him] in revealing his own motivation: he wants gays to think Repug Guiliani would be better. Despite the fact that Edwards has demonstrated the most gay-friendly statements and actions of any viable candidate of either party, such as publicly listing his supporters from various gay community groups, condemning General Pace’s demonization of gays, etc., while Guiliani has been backtracking purely for Right Wing votes on his earlier relatively gay-friendly positions, e. g, now condemning even “civil unions.” Even Edwards is not allowed to “grow” over a decade in his understanding, why should the editor of the largest gay newspaper group in the country get a pass for allowing Guiliani for morally shrinking? Fuck you Naff—and not in the good way.

  11. Anti Anti Gay says

    Like most Americans, Romney is somewhere in the middle on gay issues. Defining that position as “anti-gay” or “bigoted” is a mistake, both analytically and politically.

    Face it — you don’t like Mormons or Republicans. You would hate this guy no matter what his positions were on gay issues.

  12. adamblast says

    Yeah, so lots of us don’t like Mormons or Republicans. Maybe we’ve got good cause–like they’ve been oppressing us for a generation or two…

  13. Daniel says

    I’d like to know what that gay cabinet member and all those gay people he appointed have to say about his anti-gay marriage stance and comments about gay parentage.

  14. pacificoceanboy says

    PS

    For those who don’t know

    The garments have small supposedly magic/sacred symbols in white stitching like you see in the heart area on the man’s.

  15. julianadotsr says

    I think we need to remember that there are gay Mormons and gay Republicans. We need both of them if we are to help make life easier for young gay Mormons and young gays with Republican relatives. We’re not all born into athiest Democratic families and we do not all live in a blue state. We need to make friends everywhere.

    http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=852

    This from Dan Zwonitzer, a young Wyoming House Republican who knew Matthew Shepard, upon voting AGAINST a ban IN COMMITTEE and getting fellow Republicans to vote with a small Democratic minority:

    “I have obviously thought about this issue a great deal in the last 24 hours, and have truly come to realize that marriage in any form is greater than allowing a group of our citizens to continually be persecuted; and I’ve come to understand that many of the reasons they are vilified in our society is directly related to the fact there is not an opportunity to form recognized, committed long-term relationships.”

  16. ShawnSF says

    “Some people say that we should close Guatanamo, my view’s we outta double Guatanamo…Enhanced interrogation techniques need to be used”-Mitt R.

    He is one sick fuck.

  17. Lanus says

    “Both, despite whatever they might protest to the contrary, are essentionally gay REPUGS with bejewelled switchblades in their man purses for anyone they dislike.”

    Thanks for the warning about the new right-leaning Blade. It’s a sad state of affair that the repubs have resorted to infiltrating the gay and liberal media with GOP operative types who misrepresent themselves to their readers. It’s a new LOW.

    I heard the Advocate also now pays republicans like Andrew Sullivan, Jeff “Whore” Gannon and Patrick Sammon to write propaganda pieces directed at the community.

    These days it just seems like every other gay is a potential republican gay-for-pay.

  18. says

    My question is are infertile couples in i nvalid marriages or “career women” who keep on pushing it off while their eggs boil. Furthermore would they rather kids go to foster care be neglected potentially commit crimes reap havoc thus more tax dollars on crime prevention or go to gay parernt cause they legit said straight couples fostercare then single mom i mean screw all that scientific research.

  19. Leland says

    RE “gay Mormons” and “gay Republicans”—no matter how they twist themselves inside and out; lie to themselves over and over: a round hole cannot simultaneously be a square peg. One of the few things I agree with Bush fils about is: the friend of my enemy is my enemy.

  20. Sandy says

    This robot/android is just a hypocrite, liar and jerk for his lame lies. Actions speak louder than words, and your words aren’t exactly filled with “tolerance.”

    And, lets not forget, Mormons have one level of what is worse than gay, murder, so, he is a bald face liar, and how dare he equate children with gay marriage. Someone really needs to reprogram him with a clue or hard statistics!

  21. Zeke says

    Even in his attempt to sound NOT anti-gay he uses ALL the anti-gay buzz words and talking points: Like “Choices”, and like saying that he doesn’t want to say who’s “moral or immoral” while making it pretty clear where he stands, and then saying he has nothing but respect for gay people, while saying that our marrying each other constitutes a threat to children’s wellbeing, (As a man married to a man, raising our son together for 13 years, I REALLY appreciate that one) and then acting all open-minded because he “tolerates” us. One “tolerates” people they don’t like, don’t respect, and don’t appreciate. One does NOT “tolerate” someone that he likes, respects and/or appreciates.

    I’ll file this speech away with the one where Liberace said he wasn’t gay and the one where David Duke said he wasn’t a racist and the one where Nixon said he wasn’t a crook.

  22. Acolyte says

    Romney is the very definition of “tool”. That anyone takes this pandering asshole seriously is a sad commentary on the state of the cesspool that is our national electoral intelligence.

  23. pacificoceanboy says

    You guys are taking him way too seriously.

    43% of america will never vote for a mormon for president per the latest polling data. With the majority of those being the Repub base.

    He is just wasting mormon money by even trying. even with bushco support the southern baptists, assembilies of god, church of christ , etc basicaly every single last evangelical (The repub base) officialy see the mormon church as a cult. The base, the only thing they have left ,thanks to bush only pulling in 27-28% support, will never vote for him. His religion wackyness is just too wacky for the other xtianistas.

    On that note. The official stand on what to do with one’s magic mormon underware when having sex is “It’s probably OK to fold them up and tuck them under your pillow during your special time together.”

    LOL one wonders how they even manage to reproduce mormon children with the whole passion destroying taking time out to fold up their magic underware and have them right there under their pillows the whole time. Then afterward rushing to put them back on. That is since 1970’s when they also finaly allowed Black Folk to join the preisthood. Before then, they didn’t even remove the magic underware.

    The greatest move the gay community can do is to join the laughing crowd and point fingers at this nut job. Reduce him to the joke he is.

  24. pacificoceanboy says

    PS

    A guy who hasn’t even decided to run yet has a higher percentage than romney.

    He isn’t to be feared or even someone to get angry over. He is a nut and a joke.

  25. Sandy says

    PAVIFICOCEANBOY, I had forgot that they are anti-black as well, well, at least until about 30 years ago I think. He and his fellow Mormons may be hard working God fearing people, but, along with being a cult, and any time you wear magic drawers and forbid “outsiders” from even entering the church or attending weddings or funerals or help unless they are a memeber, you are part of a cult, they show intolerance on a level not seen since the 1860s, slong with some might freaky habits.

    Magic undergarments, wow!! That’s really freaky deaky!

  26. Zeke says

    POB, I remember when people said the same things about GWB before the 2000 debacle. No way! Too stupid! No chance! Seven years later, here we are. Don’t ever underestimate the presidential chances of a fool in America.

  27. Eric says

    It is not possible for Giuliani to “shrink” morally, since one cannot shrink from zero. Ask any gay New Yorker — let alone a black one — how enlightened his reign was. The man did his best to stamp out gay nightlife, along with any other spark of creativity in the city.

    Pray that the right wing vetoes him in the primaries, for if he gets in, kiss the Constitution goodbye.

    And yes, Mormonism is a cult cooked up by a loony scam artist in the early 19th century named Joseph Smith, no matter how admirable some of his followers may be in their own lives.

  28. pacificoceanboy says

    zeke

    point taken

    But I would say Fred whats his name “Law and order” dude who hasn’t even anounced that he will run has a higher percentage amongst repubs than romney.

  29. pacificoceanboy says

    Oh and sandy

    They let black people in now but they are still considered under the curse of cain.

    I would like a reporter to bring up his stance on condoms. The abstinance only crowd at least accept condoms once one is married to a woman. Mormons though officialy never accept condoms even between a man and a wife which would shock even those baptists that might consider voting for romney.

    I would also like somebody to do a study of HIV numbers amongst the mormon population. I have a personal theory it is HUGE because of gay mormons not wanting to get excomunicated and loosing their families. They marry women and do the whole on the down low schtick without condoms due to being raised thinking condoms are always bad even between them and a wife.

  30. Toto says

    Im not quit familiar with how progressive the mormon church has become but arent homosexuals shunned? If you are demonzied and arent recognized, respected or valued by the church you claim to be affiliated with isnt that the equivilant to a wife that says her husband loves her but beats her more than she can recount? Im sorry but anyone who would stand by a church in such a fashion seems pathetic to me. Its one thing to be a religious and faith based individual but to be the willing bitch of a institution that condems you just doesnt make any sense to me.

  31. aidanc says

    Thanks for illuminating Veritas.
    It does speak to Naffs lack of credibility that he would reject the idea of chastising Washington for using the F-word and berate Edwards for referring to gays as “those people”. Would seem like a double standard, at least.
    Axe to grind indeed.

  32. rope says

    I’m not sure Mitt Romney’s religion is the problem, it’s the fact he’s put it front and center of his political platform that will scare people off and cause his rightful undoing.

    And as a gay person I don’t “hate” republicans as someone suggested. There are even some that I enjoy, like Senator McCain. He might have his senior moments (like not knowing if condoms help stop the spread of HIV), but he’s still one heck of a politician and an interesting character. It’s too bad he sold out to the religious right and is being outshined by two-faced Rudy Giuliani.

    Oh, and on the topic of civil unions: in the past he said he’s not for it, but he’s not against it..and when New Hampshire passed a civil unions bill he gave the correct answer as a federalist that it was their right to do so (though he took it back afterwards)

    http://www.nysunpolitics.com/blog/2007/04/exclusive-john-mccain-comes-out.html

  33. anon says

    For those who think he can’t win, remember that this “lightweight” was the Gov. of Mass., a very liberal state. And are the evangelicals going to vote for Hillary or Barak??

  34. julianadotsr says

    Okay, to the person that said : “I don’t care if Mitt Romney is anti-gay. He is a total dreamboat. That is why I hope he wins the election” – ummm, this is my idea of a dreamboat President: http://www.jfkjr.com/jfjjr_walking.jpg

    My grandmother used to say she liked President Bush because she thought he was “cute”. Now she’s a Democrat ready to vote for Hillary in the primary next year. My grandmother has a lesbian daughter and a transgender grandchild (me).

    By the way, I still have this fantasy where it’s 2000 and JFK Jr. and George W. Bush are the candidates for President, and I go to bed late Tuesday night knowing that JFK Jr. won a landslide. And then I wake up…to George W. Bush and the nightmare continues.

  35. Louie says

    Uh, he said “people who make different choices” – as in gays and lesbians still “choose” to be gay.

    Maybe he’ll pay for state-run programs to help all gay teens “pray the gay away.”

    A redneck’s a redneck.

  36. says

    If he is opposed to gay marriage because he thinks it’s not in the best interest of children, he’s anti-gay. Plain ans simple.

    Let’s hope the USA doesn’t elect another liar.

  37. peterparker says

    TonyTony…comments like yours make me think it might actually be a good idea for potential voters to have to pass an intelligence test before they are allowed anywhere near a voting booth.

    xo,
    peterparker

  38. Sean H says

    I hope this guy wins the Republican nomination, because the American people aren’t ready to vote for a Mormon.

    As long as Big Love is still playing on HBO, a Mormon will never take the White House.

    Right now, out of the Big Three (McCain, Romney and Guiliani) Romney is clearly leading. He’s raised the most money and he’s doing a great job courting the social conservative vote.

    Once he’s captured the Republican nomination, the Democratic nominee, whoever it is, can then rip him to shreds for any reason.

    Expose his religion for being a silly cult. Expose him for being the flip flopper that Kerry wasn’t. Once the American people get a good luck at this guy and realize who he is, they’ll be turned off. They don’t want another disengenious Republican as president.

  39. dcmarty says

    Screw Romney! NO ONE has a right to judge me on my “morality” and NO straight person has the right to inform me that I “chose” to be gay.

  40. pacificoceanboy says

    Sean H

    Romney 12% and being in 3rd place behind mccain and Guilliani..also if Fred “Law and order” dude (who hasn’t even anounced yet)is in the poll Romney falls to 4th place

    How the hell does that equal winning so far?

    Yeah he has more money but that is due to an entire religion funneling money to him.

    Romney in the polls is behind a guy who hasn’t even anolunced yet.

  41. Cory says

    – “He noted that one of his Cabinet members was gay and that he appointed gays to positions of responsibility in his administration….He said he is opposed to gay marriage because it’s not in the best interest of children.”

    Excuse me if I don’t understand his position. Mitt claims to be “not anti-gay”, appoints people in his cabinet who are openly gay, states indirectly that it is also a choice (“who made different choices and have different beliefs in their lives and have differences”) and YET doesn’t believe homosexuals have any place raising children (because in the past he HAS stated homosexuals are more prone to pedophilia).

    Someone explain to me again why he isn’t “anti-gay”?

  42. Cory says

    Oh, I forgot to mention, this WREAKS of Cheney “I have a lesbian daughter and am part of an administration that seeks to discriminate against homosexuals”… and the repugnikkklans claim the Democrat waffle…

  43. Daniel says

    I was born and raised Mormon (though I left the church as soon as I got my driver’s license)and I have to say that if you want to help Gay and Lesbian Mormon youth voting for Mitt Romney is not the way. Quite honestly, knowing how the church operates–how they rallied against the ERA (and then spun the press so that it seemed like the church itself wasn’t involved in the campaign), and the way the church inserts it’s way into the personal lives and politics of Utah (and Hawaii) I would really have trouble voting for a Mormon. I would really have to look at them critically.

    Also, if anyone thinks that the Mormon church is in any way progressive, you are dreaming. The Mormon church is and always has been reactionary.

  44. tony says

    Bobby said “Anyone who votes for this asshole deserves to have a cattle prod shoved up their ass and shocked until their eyeballs fry.”

    If I vote for Romney do you promise to do that to me??? THANKS.

  45. John says

    Those are national polls though, Romney’s doing much better in early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina. And as we’ve seen before, Americans tend to vote for the person who’s already winning.

    If I were to place a wager, I’d bet against him becoming the nominee. However, we can’t count him out of it yet.

  46. Robert In WeHo says

    Republicans are ALL backwards, ignorant, soulless FUCK-HEADS! Romney is just the latest version of the American Taliban using marketing tactics to white-wash and conceal their true selfish, self-centered, self-serving, bigoted, intellectually regressive agenda by making it appear less harmful and less prejudiced than it really is. Republicanism is a cancer eating away at at the future health of American society, Romney is just the latest tumor to attack the general well-being of the American body politic.

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