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Romney Tells 'Faith and Freedom Coalition' That Children are Better Off with Heterosexual Parents: VIDEO


Mitt Romney gave a speech by satellite to the Faith and Freedom Coalition on Saturday. Among the things he talked about was his belief that children need to have straight parents.

Said Romney:

"We need to strengthen the commitment that exists in this country to family. I hope to be able to talk to young people and tell them how important it is to get married before they have children because the opportunity for a mom and a dad to help guide the life of a child gives them such an enormous advantage in their lives going forward."


The Politicker adds:

The Politicker reached out to the Romney campaign to see whether they felt a child could equally benefit from the guidance provided by a gay couple. Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Mr. Romney, said it is the candidate’s long held belief children are better off with straight parents.

“This is what he’s been saying forever,” Mr. Williams said. “He’s always said that the ideal setting to raise a child is with the mom and the dad.”

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  1. And yet 30% of Towleroad readers will vote for him over Obama.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 18, 2012 9:10:31 PM

  2. And he got this brilliant piece of information from NOM? Focus on the Family? Mark Regnerus? Paul Cameron?

    Posted by: john patrick | Jun 18, 2012 9:12:24 PM

  3. Arrogant bastard. My household does not rate as being a "family" in this SOBs eyes?! I am sick and goddamn tired of being rated a last class citizen by bastards that have no idea what a true loving family is. These are the lost son's of bitches. And in the name of god, at that. Righteous hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Pointed | Jun 18, 2012 9:14:19 PM

  4. This is not the side of history for me, thank you. It will not help him in the long run.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 18, 2012 9:21:48 PM

  5. What does that mean if Romney gets elected? Will he push for laws to have my children removed from my care?

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 18, 2012 9:31:55 PM

  6. Gregoire is correct-unfortunately-
    I wish he wasn't. Pockets of gay communities are staunch Republicans----lambs to the slaughter

    Posted by: nick | Jun 18, 2012 9:37:36 PM

  7. Wow. Look at the jump being made from just one statement. He hopes to encourage young people to get married before having kids because it provides an advantage.

    Statistically kids in a household with a mom and a dad do much better in their lives than in single parent households. I'm not sure he meant anything at all against gay people with this remark. To draw those conclusions is obviously just those on the left trying to score points. If you can't see him saying he would encourage people to get married before having kids as anything other than an attack on gay people, you seriously need to stop being a knee jerk reactionary liberal. Not every position of the Republican party nor every word coming out of their mouths is an attack on gays.

    Posted by: Tim in MT | Jun 18, 2012 9:38:24 PM

  8. Just waiting for either Josh or Matt Romney to come out of the closet. Then what will Mitt have to say? Could be one of the other boys, but they just aren't cute enough to be gay! Karma Mitt!

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 18, 2012 9:38:27 PM

  9. As a husband and father of a 5YO I say F*CK ROMNEY and the GOP.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jun 18, 2012 9:49:02 PM

  10. I'm actually afraid that he will win the election in November. And I do not even live in the U.S. But what it is certain is that the U.S. will go back to how it was in 1940, and it's a scary thought, especially for women and gay people.

    They call U.S. the country with freedom. But it is not true, they are behind so many other Western countries when it comes to rights for women, civil rights, etc. It is intended as general criticism directed at Republicans and people who vote for them. I can not understand that women and LGBT people can vote on them at all.

    If we do not all have equal rights. what do all the other things mean then. Nothing, nothing at all

    Posted by: KM | Jun 18, 2012 9:57:57 PM

  11. TIM IN MT

    "The Politicker reached out to the Romney campaign to see whether they felt a child could equally benefit from the guidance provided by a gay couple. Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Mr. Romney, said it is the candidate’s long held belief children are better off with straight parents."

    This isn't an attack on gays?

    Try reading the whole article before commenting.

    Posted by: Tracer | Jun 18, 2012 9:59:03 PM

  12. Tim, did you not read the second half of this article where he does attack gay families, or are you being another willfully blind GOProud quisling?

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jun 18, 2012 10:02:07 PM

  13. Actually Tim, he HAS stated that gays are not as good parents as straights in the past. he also has openly stated that gays don't deserve any protections, nor the right to relationships, nor the right to serve in any part of society. I am pretty damned sure he meant only straight parents. The fact he signed NOM's pledge pretty much proves that, even without his numerous statements.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jun 18, 2012 10:02:23 PM

  14. What upsets me the most is the simple fact that all these straight people get pregnant, have kids, and then give them up for adoption. Gay couple then adopt these wonderful kids and give them great homes. Republicans should be thanking the gays for taking care of their unwanted kids or just stop having kids--but wait--Republicans do not want women to use birth control.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 18, 2012 10:10:02 PM

  15. I agree with the sentiment that the *ideal* situation is for a child to be raised by his or her biological mother and father, who are happily married and are competent parents. This is why I'm against anonymous sperm donation and surrogacy. But homosexual parents are just as capable of parenting as heterosexual ones and should have equal access to adoption when this ideal situation is not upheld.

    And of course, allowing same-sex couples to marry is not going to create more families headed by non-biological parents. Gay couples, upon getting married, are not going to have permission to sneak into straight family's homes and steal their biological children. But I'm preaching to the choir.

    Posted by: Bill S. | Jun 18, 2012 10:13:04 PM

  16. I think Tim's the newest troll, he'll say he's gay and just a republican. He's posting on all threads. He and markus can vote for him. When he screws us gays I hope they stand in line

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jun 18, 2012 10:21:01 PM

  17. "Not every position of the Republican party nor every word coming out of their mouths is an attack on gays"

    A good part of it is

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jun 18, 2012 10:23:47 PM

  18. Then all those bigotted couples better get busy adopting all the children in foster care. Wait, what? You mean they don't.

    All children need is parents who love them. Who teach them right from wrong, you know, like Sarah Palin did with her daughter. Okay, scratch that...that didn't work out so well. And maybe all the parents should stay together through the tough times like Newt and his wife..wives...couple wives...

    And all those good religious people who don't really seem to know much about Jesus because Jesus DIDN'T get married or have a family (at least according to that history book the Bible.) He created his family with his apostles and friends...you know, just like many, uhm, gay families.

    And Mitt should realize that his crazy ass religion is the most repressed and has nothing to do with the "faith" of the people in that room, nor freedom.

    Bottom line...it's one big f-ing joke.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 18, 2012 10:24:27 PM

  19. Why do these reporters never ask the question "Is that Mr. Romney's opinion or is it a fact?" Please make them back up these ridiculous statements or expose them as nonsense.

    Posted by: David | Jun 18, 2012 10:58:10 PM

  20. You can always count on some gay republicans such as Tim, Markus, Lincolnlounge, and Rick to come on here and defend this phony man that will sell his wife if it means getting to the WH.

    Mitt Romney is as fifthy as it gets.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 18, 2012 11:03:36 PM

  21. Exposing bigotry with the bible :

    Hatred is the greatest sin which goes against the greatest commandments of Christ. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ has clearly mentioned that the way to have eternal life for his followers is through his commandments to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. He has mentioned that those laws are above all other biblical laws of any other prophets.

    Homophobes promoting hatred are antiChrist who do not believe or pretend to believe in Jesus Christ but do not acknowledge Christ's commandments to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself, to be the highest of all biblical laws. The antiChrist, like the devil, is a master of quoting biblical verses except those 2 top commandments of love from Christ, they avoid using Christ's name but use other names, even 'God', to bring all sort of biblical verses or 'facts', to lie and to prove their justification to hate. AntiChrist deceive people that those 2 commandments of love were not above all laws for Christians, and they are around in many organizations pretending to be of 'religious' faith.

    The issue of homosexuality, same sex marriage and many other issues (sexual/non sexual) are different forms of a test of the Christian faith on that choice of who they really believe in the end, to love (Christ and His greatest commandments) or to hate (succumb to temptation of verses NOT from Christ's greatest commandments to justify their hatred).

    Posted by: Simon | Jun 18, 2012 11:30:27 PM

  22. "If you can't see him saying he would encourage people to get married before having kids as anything other than an attack on gay people, you seriously need to stop being a knee jerk reactionary liberal."

    Only if knee jerk reactionary liberal is the same as sane. Because Mitt Romney not only does not support letting gay couples have the freedom to marry (so, you know, they could be married parents with kids) but he supports a constitutional amendment that would undo all the marriages of gay couples, including those with kids. Which kind of makes getting married before you have kids impossible in a Romney presidency. And, as others have pointed out, his statement was an attack on gay people, as is obvious to those capable of reading. I guess we can expect the trolls to be out in full force till Nov!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 18, 2012 11:56:37 PM

  23. What is wrong with what Romney said? If Andy Towle thinks it's wrong, he's totally misguided.

    Besides, Romney didn't say anything against gay people. Your spin fails, Andy.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 18, 2012 11:57:49 PM

  24. @Jason: Saying it's important to get married before having children while also supporting a constitutional amendment to prevent gay couples from ever marrying is anti-gay to anyone with a single brain cell in their head. It's no coincidence he was talking to the "Faith and Freedom" coalition. (When Faith and Freedom are in the same coalition title, you know how misnamed and anti-gay the coalition truly is.) So, no, Andy was not misguided in thinking that what Romney said was wrong. The spin is from within the Romney apologists.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 19, 2012 12:08:47 AM

  25. These battle lines are drawn. No self respecting gay can vote for this piece of bigoted Mormon $hit........

    And all the moralising twisted rhetotic on this page won't change that. Gays are target of these bigots. let's act accordingly.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 19, 2012 2:35:40 AM

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