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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