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David Cameron Praises Marriage Equality Right Before Romney Visit

CameronRomney2Awkward! In an effort to win over right wing Republicans, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has bent over backward to distance himself from the pro-equality politics of his past.

He's also trying to woo voters by expanding his foreign policy experience, something he thinks can be achieved with visits to Israel, Poland and London.

The latter may complicate both missions: CNN reports this morning that British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday held a special dinner for LGBT activists at his official residence, 10 Downing Street, and made remarks that reaffirmed his much-publicized support for nuptial equality — just one day before meeting with Romney.

"I think marriage is a great institution – I think it helps people to commit, it helps people to say that they’re going to care and love for another person,” Cameron said at the dinner. "It helps people to put aside their selfish interests and think of the union that they’re forming. It’s something I feel passionately about and I think if it’s good enough for straight people like me, it’s good enough for everybody and that’s why we should have gay marriage and we will legislate for it."

Cameron has also argued that conservative ideology inherently supports marriage equality, saying last October, "Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative."

Does this mean that Romney is, as many on the right have argued, not sufficiently conservative?

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  1. If marriage equality is supposed to bring about God's wrath on the world and start the Armageddon machine and the rapture, etc...

    They why are religious zealots so against it? You'd think they'd be passing marriage equality legislation in droves.

    Ironic.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 26, 2012 9:01:53 AM


  2. The UK papers and TV are full today of disparaging remarks that Romney has made about preparations for the Olympics.

    He is getting one hell of a pasting - even my mother just phoned me to ask "who is this Mittly man?"

    The UK media are all over him and the coverage is very bad indeed, allegations of bad manners, poor judgement, involvement in the corruption at Salt Lake in 2002 etc etc.

    He has caused a huge storm and the french press (at France 24) are also now wading in.

    Our press can turn very nasty indeed and today they have declared open season on Romney. The whole Morman thing is being quite heavily talked about as is the fuss over his wealth.

    Welcome to London Mr Romney, mind the door as you leave in case it slaps you on the arse.

    Posted by: arch | Jul 26, 2012 9:13:48 AM


  3. Romney reminds me of actor John Gavin a handsome leading man of the late 50,s and 60's.Google him if you are to young to remember him you will be surprised at the resemblances both are Republican and held government positions. Gavin's big film credit was 'Imitation of Life' with Lana Turner a good film with a sad ending. Romney's living his own sad version of...Imitation of life.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 26, 2012 9:23:40 AM


  4. LMFAO - gee, do you think this is a big "f*ck you" to Romney? Think we'll be seeing any footage of the crowds cheering him, or for those of us residing in reality, heckling him? It's a given, while many Americans can't stand Romney, Europeans and others are balking at the idea of bringing back GOP policies that threw the entire world into an economic tailspin.

    btw, you gotta love how Romney was in the media spot light for about a week before things got too hot too handle and he had to book it out of the country.

    The 2nd act in America should be interesting. I'm just waiting for the climax when the tax returns are finally released.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 26, 2012 9:37:19 AM


  5. LMFAO - gee, do you think this is a big "f*ck you" to Romney? Think we'll be seeing any footage of the crowds cheering him, or for those of us residing in reality, heckling him? It's a given, while many Americans can't stand Romney, Europeans and others are balking at the idea of bringing back GOP policies that threw the entire world into an economic tailspin.

    btw, you gotta love how Romney was in the media spot light for about a week before things got too hot too handle and he had to book it out of the country.

    The 2nd act in America should be interesting. I'm just waiting for the climax when the tax returns are finally released.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 26, 2012 9:37:20 AM


  6. Could anyone name me on presidential candidate within the last 40 years who went out of country during the campaign to "build their foreign policy" credentials? This is unprecedented, isn't it?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jul 26, 2012 9:45:17 AM


  7. Obama when out of the country while he was campaigning for his first term.

    Posted by: JellyBean | Jul 26, 2012 10:07:08 AM


  8. He's not building his foreign policy credentials. He's in London to raise money from the American bankers and hedge fund managers based there.

    Posted by: PaulR2 | Jul 26, 2012 10:09:34 AM


  9. Romney always seems blissfully unaware of what a prick he is. He never feels the awkwardness of his utterly out of touch retrenched backwards way of thinking. Europe will laugh in his arrogant face. Does he not realize Europeans have been reading the press for a while now and havent forgotten everytime a GOP clown has criticized America for being more European ?

    Posted by: paul | Jul 26, 2012 10:17:48 AM


  10. We must understand that the term "conservative" means something much different in other countries than in ours. In Britain, being a conservative does not mean a Bible-thumping, minority-hating bigot.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 26, 2012 11:22:08 AM


  11. The Olympics should be Mitt's shining moment. Instead he's won the gold metal in putting his foot in his mouth.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 26, 2012 12:53:05 PM


  12. @Arch,

    The UK media have been p*ssing and moaning ON-STOP about the London Olympic's clusterf*ck for a long time now. Romnet didn't say anything they and many others haven't already said, they're justed p*ssed it's an American saying it. Which is interesting because the UK media had a field day criticizing the Canadians non-stop over the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and even criticized the Chinese.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 26, 2012 2:52:00 PM


  13. Love this quote: Cameron insisted that Britons would be behind the Games despite an economic downturn -- and took an apparent swipe at Romney's past as head of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
    "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world," Cameron told a press conference at the Olympic Park in east London.
    "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere." lol

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Jul 26, 2012 4:06:15 PM


  14. We don't know who he is, he's pretty, politics ain't pretty or bunga bunga - we've never had a proper option - give me a multi national steven Hawkins or stephen fry

    Posted by: Gordon | Jul 26, 2012 8:07:44 PM


  15. This article is very misleading.

    The Conservative Party in the UK has a LONG history of being anti-gay including introducing laws to ban schools even talking about homosexuality. This did not happen centuries ago - this was in place under this awful political party from the late 1980's right up until the left wing Labour government of Tony Blair came in in 1997 and scrapped it.

    Cameron is a fake. His party voted against all the gay rights laws that Tony Blair introduced. They fought him every step of the way. Again, this is not a long time ago - this is from 1997 forwards.

    Now Cameron & his evil party are so unpopular in the UK that the first time in living history they cannot win an outright majority so he has had to form a coalition government. He is doing ANYTHING to try to get more votes including SAYING he supports gay rights. So far he and his party still have done NOTHING for gay rights. NOTHING. In fact, his own party are fighting him now and pressuring him to stop his campaign for gay marriage.

    They are LIARS. Cameron and his evil party do NOT support gay people - they just want our votes.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 27, 2012 12:13:46 AM


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