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Mitt Romney Met by Gay Protest at Mormon Bookstore in La Jolla


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A dozen gay people protested an appearance by Mitt Romney at a Mormon bookstore in La Jolla, Calif., yesterday.

They said Romney should apologize for Mormons' having donated "$30 million" to the campaign that led to the passage of Proposition 8, which re-banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.

"As a national political leader and influential member of the Mormon Church, Mitt Romney could persuade church leaders to end their 15 years of active involvement and massive financial support to oppose equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans," said Californians Against Hate, which organized the demonstration.

The protest took place outside a mall that houses the Deseret Book Company, where Romney signed copies of his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."

News reporters and photographers were not allowed inside the store. News photographers were instructed to take their pictures through the windows.

Several hundred people waited in line to meet the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential candidate.

Romney is considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election.


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  1. This protest is ridiculous. Mitt Romney has as much control over what the Mormon church does as Joe Biden has over what the Catholic church does. Why not protest Catholic politicians?

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 23, 2010 9:16:11 AM

  2. Why are protest signs always spelled incorrectly?

    Posted by: JeffRob | Mar 23, 2010 9:26:08 AM

  3. Why not crawl up Mitt's ass a mile further, Daniel?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 23, 2010 9:37:30 AM

  4. I'ld be fine if they were protesting Mitt Romney for donating to Prop 8 or supporting it in some way. I'ld even be fine if they were protesting the Mormon church. But they are protesting someone simply because of their religion, and that is a ridiculous thing for an organization called "Californians Against Hate" to do.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 23, 2010 9:48:14 AM

  5. Maybe we need a sign censor in our community to correct spelling and grammar? I'd vote for HRC, they do not do much else for us except throw fancy dinners.

    Learn to spell you idiots - otherwise we start to look like those folks who empty the trailerparks for every Tea bagger party and family values hate gathering.

    Posted by: chris | Mar 23, 2010 10:16:57 AM

  6. Romney has no say over church policy and no authority from the church to issue an apology. This protest is pointless and futile. It also has an element of intolerance and hatred in this because of someones religion. The Gay and lesbian communities need to be careful when they fight their cause that they don't become the exact type of people they want to protest against.

    Posted by: John | Mar 23, 2010 10:20:09 AM

  7. I salute the gay people who conducted this protest. The action may not have been perfect, but at least they're trying to do something.

    Control - no -- but Mitt Romney does have some degree of influence in the Mormon Church. And protests like this one serve to keep the association of the Mormons and homophobia in the public consciousness.

    I've never heard of Deseret Book Store. (I live in fly-over country.) Does anyone know if it's one of those Zondervan-type Christian bookstores?

    Posted by: Kent | Mar 23, 2010 10:35:09 AM

  8. Mitt Romney has no chance at becoming president. As much as Christians hate gays, they are not fond of Mormons either. He may get lip service, he'll never get the nomination.

    Joseph Smith, the founder who found the 'gold tablets' that this cult is based on, was a con artist who was killed by people he robbed and cheated on their wives.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 23, 2010 10:54:46 AM


    Posted by: Joey | Mar 23, 2010 11:14:24 AM

  10. "Deseret" is a Mormon term. Any time you see "Deseret" in a company name, it's by and for Mormons (there are Deseret newspapers, bookstores, banks, realtors, etc., etc.).

    It's true that Romney doesn't "control" the Mormon church, but he is one of its highest-profile members and he has the opportunity to call on the church to at least moderate or change its political activities. Any church can teach its own adherents that homosexuality (or dancing or drinking or premarital sex or whatever) is a sin -- it's imposing religious beliefs on others who don't share them that's the problem. I think a protest with correctly-spelled signs would be perfectly appropriate.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 23, 2010 11:53:15 AM

  11. Shit Romney is a scary man. Anyone who would tie the family dog to the top of his car has more screws loose then George Bush 1 and 2.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 23, 2010 12:38:20 PM

  12. Those guys are out there doing something and you guys ridicule them over a word?

    People, wake up. Your rights will be curtailed even further if Mitt becomes President. ANYTHING that is done to stop him is better than NOTHING.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 23, 2010 1:25:42 PM

  13. (With respect to Derek Washington) "Apolologize" and "30 millon" ? Those are such awful spelling mistakes I'm almost suspecting those guys are plants to make the protestors look stupid (as is often done by the adversaries of teabagging protestors and the like).

    Posted by: JT | Mar 23, 2010 1:42:30 PM

  14. Let's all picket and protest BLACK people and Baptists churches and other Christians who voted in support of traditional marriage too! Let's see how brave you are then!

    Mormons were part of a broad based coalition. The only hate I see is those that can't deal with the will of the people.

    Posted by: max | Mar 23, 2010 3:40:29 PM

  15. Lets get one thing absolutely clear here. Mitt Romney has no control / influence in the Mormon church. The Mormon Church has around 100 general authorities and then area leaders under them totalling around 1000. Mitt Romney is not part of this leadership and never has been.

    At the end of the day the people of California exercised their democratic right to vote against gay marriage. Less than 3% of California are Mormon's. This was the voice of democracy, yet we have gay and lesbian people protesting against the peoples decision. Mormons were a small part of the voters yet are villified for their minor vote on this issue. This protest is misdirected in the extreme!

    Posted by: John | Mar 23, 2010 4:15:04 PM

  16. John-
    It is estimated that the Moron Church spent 40 Million Dollars to influence the "democratic" process in California. They should pay taxes if they want to participate in POLITICS otherwise fuck them and the magic underware they rode in on! It is NOT the voice of Democracy when church's preach from the pulpit and practice politics without PAYING TAXES.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 23, 2010 4:54:07 PM

  17. The protest was not misdirected. Mitt prominently blasted gay marriage when he campaigned for President, particularly condemning the allowance of gay civil marriage in Massachusetts (and he was governor at the time!)...

    Mitt is quite anti-gay, and lies about it publicly. Shame!

    Posted by: Tony | Mar 23, 2010 4:55:06 PM

  18. Why is it that seemingly every time the evil mormon cult is criticized on this blog, closeted creepy mormon bigots appear to defend the church in the comments? Don't you guys have anonymous hookups on craigslist to focus your limited attention spans on? Mormonism is a dangerous cult, and I hope it's destroyed as the world would be a better place without mormonism and mormons. Their massive contributions to the proposition 8 campaign and history of racial bigotry and spousal/child abuse notwithstanding, this is a very sick cult with extremely damaged, sick people who belong to it.

    And america will never elect a mormon president. Never, ever...ever ever. It's just funny that mitt's papa fancied his "clan" (I think that's what family units are called in crazy speak mormon...but maybe not...maybe they're "locusts"--like most everyone refers to them in the places they "settle/spread") the mormon version of the kennedys. LOL! Now that's a good laugh. Mormons are an extremely creepy and harmful cult that most christians don't consider a part of christianity... and will forever be bringing up the rear in american religion. Always the outsider faith.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 23, 2010 5:14:39 PM

  19. 'apolologize'? Wtf? Is this guy as dumb as he looks? He looks straight, anyway...maybe that's why he misspelled it.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 23, 2010 5:19:05 PM

  20. Okay Miss Max......You the one brought it up queen so YOU go and protest there! We'll send you flowers at your bedside.

    Posted by: chris | Mar 23, 2010 6:01:29 PM

  21. Those opposed to prop 8 had $3.5mil MORE than those for prop 8. So, Mormons gave that much money. You had MORE money and you STILL couldn't get out the vote.

    Get over it already.

    Posted by: Linda | Mar 23, 2010 7:45:45 PM

  22. Never get over it. Never forget who your enemy is--the cult of mormon...and other denominations who contributed millions to defeat equality. Never stop criticizing them.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 23, 2010 7:53:04 PM

  23. Tank : What does "straight" look like?

    Posted by: JT | Mar 23, 2010 8:28:12 PM

  24. Dunno, kinda stupid. Clueless, vacant gaze. Typical straight man.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 23, 2010 8:58:04 PM

  25. Vacant gaze?! That's gay men (at least the ones I know from Manhattan)! They often have vacant voices to go with it.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 23, 2010 9:03:56 PM

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