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Gay Vietnam Veteran Confronts Mitt Romney on Same-Sex Marriage, Military Benefits: VIDEO


Mitt Romney was confronted by a gay Vietnam veteran at a campaign stop at the Chez Vachon restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire this morning during a breakfast campaign stop. Romney sat down with two men, Bob Garon and Bob LeMire. Presumably, Romney didn't know that the two men were married. Garon asked Romney his views on same-sex marriage, efforts to repeal NH's marriage equality law, and military benefits.

Watch the entire exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view,” says Romney, the Boston Globe reports:

With that, it started to become clear that a routine campaign conversation could become hostile. Though Romney had no reason to know it, Garon – a 63-year-old from Epson, N.H. -- was sitting at the table with his husband.

Garon challenged Romney, saying, “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”

Romney reiterated his support for the Defense of Marriage Act, and added, “And we apparently disagree.”

When Romney tells Garon that he needs to move on to FOX News, Garon responds, “I guess the question was too hot.”

Garon adds: "New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer. And you know what Governor? Good luck....You're gonna need it."

Watch the entire exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

Garon, who married his husband in June, told the Globe: “The guy ain’t going to make it...He is not going to make it…You can’t trust him. I just saw it in his eyes. I judge a man by his eyes.”

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  1. So while perhaps Mitt was tricked by what must have been a safe looking old man, We all have to know there is no way that any self respecting gay person can vote for a president that supports DOMA or repeal of hard won rights to marry on the state level.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Dec 12, 2011 11:23:07 AM

  2. Hopefully even gay people who don't respect themselves know that.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 12, 2011 11:33:13 AM

  3. ..and he should have followed up with - AND HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU SERVE MITT???? -0- ZERO, ZILCH,NADDA!

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 12, 2011 11:37:10 AM

  4. All these politicians love to speak about our issues in the abstract. They are not used to real people asking them questions, as we see the Iowa Caucus becoming less and less a face to face ground contest but televised debates. Keep up the good work by being politely in their face and make them see a human being.

    Posted by: Gus | Dec 12, 2011 11:49:20 AM

  5. Except there are a great many self-disrepecting gays who lap over Mitt and Newt because they see lucre as more important than liberty.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 12, 2011 11:51:06 AM

  6. What I can't figure out is, How did he win an election in Massachusetts in the first place? Of all the states, that one in particular.

    I guess the average dope voter thinks millionaires and billionaires know best. Why would any working person think the money people have their interests at heart?

    I suppose in Mitt's and Scott Brown's cases it could be the face that counts.

    Posted by: candidates say the darndest things | Dec 12, 2011 11:53:26 AM

  7. Only two words I would add to what GREGOIRE wrote - "or dignity"

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 12, 2011 11:55:51 AM

  8. If he's such a great business man, how many jobs did he create while Governor in Massachusetts I'd like to know? Romney, like the others in the parade of clowns eyeing the White House are totally out of touch with the real world and the every day lives of the 99%. He's not too bright, but then neither are the rest.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 12, 2011 11:59:30 AM

  9. He's going to be eaten by Newt Gingrich and will fade away to his 20 million dollar home in California.

    And Newt will go on to lose to Obama because Gingrich is an obvious, dispicable, repellant human that even half the Republicans don't want.

    Six months ago, I couldn't see a possible way for Obama to win re-election...but with Mitt and Newt as the two top dogs (the Afghan Hound and the slobbering pug) on the opposing side, Obama must be living under the same shining star as Tim Tebow.

    Posted by: Bart | Dec 12, 2011 12:06:01 PM

  10. Well, there's a photo op that didn't go as planned! NH is a very difficult state to have a 'managed' campaign in.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 12, 2011 12:43:04 PM

  11. @Bart: While you and I agree in political opinion and prediction, I must take issue with your disparaging remarks about pugs and afghans, two noble, loyal, and selfless breeds of dog who don't deserve to be in the same sentence with those republican bottom dwellers.

    Posted by: Don | Dec 12, 2011 1:05:24 PM

  12. Actually, the news accounts I heard said that Romney approached the couple (not vice-versa), who was just sitting at the booth. So he wasn't "confronted"... he just stepped in it.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 12, 2011 1:09:01 PM

  13. Ah, yes, those lying, smiling eyes.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Dec 12, 2011 1:19:11 PM

  14. Yeah so? The founding fathers didn't intend for women to vote either, or consider them legally 'equal' to men. That changed. This can change too.

    "Civil Marriage" is an exclusive, enduring and committed relationship created between two consenting adults.

    Posted by: Jexer | Dec 12, 2011 1:28:33 PM

  15. From Ben Smith's article about this at Politico: "Romney aides, meanwhile, reminded reporters that the former governor is running in a Republican primary."

    OK, now WTF is that supposed to mean? That if he wasn't running in a Republican primary he would have said something different, that Romney's answers are situational?

    I think this is hilarious. I've looked at several press accounts of this event and they make it clear that Romney approached "the Bobs," as they're known to the diner staff, since they're regulars and both named Bob. They didn't go to him. And why wouldn't Romney have assumed he was in safe territory? Older white men, especially older veterans, LOVE Republicans, right? Welllll, maybe not when those two old guys are a married couple. LOLOLOLOL! This made my day. Seriously.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 12, 2011 1:48:43 PM

  16. Besides all the anti-Romney stuff, which is well deserved, let's give it up for the Bobs, who become faces of our rights movement, simply by sitting down together, proudly married, and ordering a couple of eggs.

    Posted by: JFE | Dec 12, 2011 2:53:09 PM

  17. As more and more people confront the homophobes with real faces and stories, the troglodytes will fall.

    Thank you Bobs for your service to all our country.

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 12, 2011 4:49:24 PM

  18. gay people who don't respect themselves know this, they just don't care

    is it really out of line to say that all republicans are whores?

    Posted by: r | Dec 12, 2011 5:27:09 PM

  19. ...i meant inaccurate, not out of line...

    Posted by: r | Dec 12, 2011 5:27:44 PM

  20. I love the look of desperation on Mitts face.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 12, 2011 5:59:33 PM

  21. Silly Mitt... the Military has NEVER been ALL het!

    Posted by: topdawg | Dec 12, 2011 8:03:04 PM

  22. Mitt Romney should have said, "Mr. Garon, you are a disgusting homosexual pervert and a disgrace to the military. I not only support DOMA, I also support a complete ban of homosexuals in the military."

    It's no mistake that Senate Bill 1867 which repealed the ban on HOMOSEXUALITY also repealed the ban on BEASTIALITY (see p174, repeal of USMJ Article 125). They are both on the same moral level. Now the homosexuals in the military can screw animals too without being dishonorably discharged. This evil country is doomed.

    Posted by: Mary Waterton | Dec 12, 2011 9:05:30 PM

  23. Mary Waterton, it's liars and prevaricators like YOU who are condemned to Hell, in the extremely unlikely event there is such a thing. You lie knowingly, frequently, and with malice, against the teachings of the holy book you CLAIM to believe in. YOU are far more revolting than anyone here.

    FACT: The clause in the Code of Military Justice than bans homosexuality is THE SAME ONE that deals with bestiality. You CANNOT remove one without removing the other. It's like removing half a Bible verse, though people like Mary should be quite familiar with that. They ignore the Biblical rules that are inconvenient to themselves while focusing ONLY on those that apply to other people all the time. The hypocrisy of it is galling, and from what I remember of my own religious training Mary's "savior" was quite harsh in his condemnation of hypocrites and liars while mentioning homosexuality not at all.

    Don't worry about us, Mary. Worry about yourself.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 12, 2011 11:04:30 PM

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  25. I enjoyed this clip but I don't see how people see this as Romney faltering or being bested in any way. He clearly, definitively stated his view and was not demeaning in any way.

    To say that he is a bad person or can't be trusted because he disagrees with your stance on this, a moral issue, is the embodiment of hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 13, 2011 2:36:10 AM

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