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Mitt Romney: Marriage Equality, Abortion Are 'Tender' Issues

MittromneytenderMitt Romney tried to keep attention on "outsourcer-in-chief" Obama during his campaign appearances in Colorado today, but an AP report says that members of the audience wanted the GOP candidate to spell out his positions on some social issues.

He wasn't interested:

…One questioner asked why Romney didn't believe in applying principles of personal liberty to areas of private life, like the rights of gays and women; Romney responded by emphasizing that these were "tender" issues, but that he was particularly committed to protecting the life of the unborn.

Whether he likes it or not, Romney's going to have to get more specific, which means he'll likely have to align himself with the increasingly isolated anti-gay forces on the right, something that may not play well with the majority of Americans who support marriage equality.

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  1. Sorry, Mitt, there's nothing "tender" about supporting, as you do, a constitutional amendment that would kill the possibility of there ever being equality for gay couples and interfere with states' rights by voiding all the existing marriages of gay couples. So spare us the "tender" BS unless it's your attempt at humor.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 10, 2012 6:24:22 PM


  2. He meant "issues I have to tend to carefully if I want to win, and I want to remain a mormon prince in good standing".
    Actually, Mitt is WHOREMON, as he says and does whatever is necessary to get his generations of morehole legacy into the White House.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 10, 2012 6:41:29 PM


  3. Romney is very gay-friendly on a personal level. Unfortunately, he is beholden to the Right on issues such as gay rights. Obama is not much different in the sense that he is beholden to the notion of playing politics with our lives.

    Posted by: brian | Jul 10, 2012 7:01:42 PM


  4. ..if Mitt Romney thinks Gay Americans will sit Idley by- and allow Our Marriages to be voided.....well....lets just say - it aint gonna happen...at 51..with more yrs behind then ahead...there aint no F'n way..Im sit'n by and allowing that to happen to me

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jul 10, 2012 7:02:15 PM


  5. O.K. Please help me with this. How does Gay marriage have anything to do with the unborn child? Will someone please call him on this! If personal liberty is the issue it doesn't make sense but we must not be silent to this.

    And what really is the santity of marriage? Is there a guide because I must not have read it. So does that me we kill adulterer's as Leviticus 20/10 states and those who cursed there father or mother--Leviticus 20/9. Is Rommey going to make eveyone marry virgins----Leviticus 21/13? Don't even get me into the whole 7 days a woman has to stay in the home when she is on her period.

    When religion is being used we have to cite the same book they use against us.

    Posted by: Dawson | Jul 10, 2012 7:10:33 PM


  6. @Brian

    You wrote "Romney is very gay-friendly on a personal level." What does that mean? And how do you know this?

    As a general rule, many right wingers have softened their rhetoric because they believe that Americans don't like the sort of harsh insults and vile comments they used to make about us. But their positions on our issues are unchanged. Of course, Romney has supported and opposed us on most of out issues though he has been consistent in opposing marriage. Just because Romney is making nice noises does not make him your friend.

    Posted by: Don't buy the hype | Jul 10, 2012 7:11:45 PM


  7. Whether or not the "majority of Americans" support gay marriage is a matter of specific polls. But you can be sure that gay marriage ISN'T a pressing issue to the majority of Americans. They're more concerned with things such as: the state of the economy, jobs, taxes, and the potential loss of existing personal freedoms.

    Posted by: ? | Jul 10, 2012 7:20:51 PM


  8. " loss of existing personal freedoms"
    We are to, lose of DADT, visitation rights, travel rights, the start of DOMA representation, obamacare, and so on and so on
    I agree with you on that

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 10, 2012 7:28:42 PM


  9. @BRIAN -- the LAST thing we need is people who are nice to us, but would cut our throats to please their religion or their donors.
    And the 2nd last thing we need is foolish Gays who withold support for Obama because he did not put YOUR version of what he needed to do above his own.
    Republicans win because STUPID liberals spend their energy on fretting about who is right, not on winning.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 10, 2012 7:34:10 PM


  10. @BRIAN -- the LAST thing we need is people who are nice to us, but would cut our throats to please their religion or their donors.
    And the 2nd last thing we need is foolish Gays who withold support for Obama because he did not put YOUR version of what he needed to do above his own.
    Republicans win because STUPID liberals spend their energy on fretting about who is right, not on winning.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 10, 2012 7:34:18 PM


  11. Romney won't do anything to improve gay rights but neither will Obama. Obama just wants our money and our votes.

    Posted by: brian | Jul 10, 2012 7:36:09 PM


  12. Brian you really don't think he's done anything to improve our lives?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 10, 2012 7:38:35 PM


  13. I mean as a community not you in general. or are you saying from this point forward?
    Again for most, congress makes laws the pres does not. The pres can veto laws, my money's on a Romney veto.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 10, 2012 7:44:14 PM


  14. I'd rather know why he maintains a secret Swiss bank account and offshore tax havens? Where are your papers, Rom Rom?

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 10, 2012 7:48:13 PM


  15. I guess this Mitt Romney doesn't remember his own primary campaign.

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 10, 2012 8:01:06 PM


  16. @ Brian...only worth two words...get educated!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Jul 10, 2012 8:10:11 PM


  17. "Romney won't do anything to improve gay rights but neither will Obama. Obama just wants our money and our votes."

    So, Brian, you think the DOJ, under Mittens, would also no longer defend DOMA? You think Mittens would have signed the DADT repeal? You think Mittens would go on television and declare his personal support for gay marriage, positively impacting the opinions of many people on the fence?

    If you're rich and want to keep more money, fine, own it. You'll be taxed less by Mitt. Just don't try and convince yourself he and PresO feel the same way about you - they absolutely do not.

    Posted by: neptune | Jul 10, 2012 8:14:23 PM


  18. 10 points for Neptune!

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 10, 2012 8:25:38 PM


  19. Apparently not as tender as issues concerning SOME obviously powerful Jewish people since my perfectly reasonable final post on the circumcision issue was removed. Amusingly another website actually censors all posts that contain the word 'Jew' and changes it to 'Jewish People', so 'Jew' is now a pejorative rather than just a plain noun. News to me, but I'm not a bigot.

    Yes TR posters and readers: you can pretty much say anything about pretty much anybody, any ideology, any dogma, EXCEPT Jews [sorry, Jewish people]. Anything that questions the legitimacy of Jewish ideology is verboten. Apparently some of those outlandish conspiracy theories are actually true.

    Cue the 'ratbastard is antisemitic' posts.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 10, 2012 8:27:50 PM


  20. The poster known as "?" is right, the claim that there is a majority of Americans in support of SSM is tenuous at best. It certainly isn't showing at the election polls when these damned state amendments come up. We've won only one in Washington state so far, and that was just for civil unions. Perhaps we'll win a couple this year, as well as lose a couple more. I do believe we're seeing progress towards marriage equality but let's not delude ourselves into thinking that a majority actually support us at the present time and/or care enough about the matter to vote our way. There's still a long road to go, unless of course we win in the courts.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jul 10, 2012 9:19:21 PM


  21. @ Brian: Obama has done more to improve the lives of LGBT Americans than any other president in our history. He did get a small $100.00 contribution from this gay Navy veteran and he will certainly get my vote in November.Romney and the republicans would be a disaster for America and LGBT folks in particular.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 10, 2012 10:17:42 PM


  22. @ Brian: Obama has done more to improve the lives of LGBT Americans than any other president in our history. He did get a small $100.00 contribution from this gay Navy veteran and he will certainly get my vote in November.Romney and the republicans would be a disaster for America and LGBT folks in particular.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 10, 2012 10:17:50 PM


  23. @ Brian: Obama has done more to improve the lives of LGBT Americans than any other president in our history. He did get a small $100.00 contribution from this gay Navy veteran and he will certainly get my vote in November.Romney and the republicans would be a disaster for America and LGBT folks in particular.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 10, 2012 10:17:58 PM


  24. I don't know why that posted 3x. And yes Ratbastard you are an antisemite.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 10, 2012 11:17:27 PM


  25. I despise Romney... The sooner that Piece of Sh** goes away the better. He is running on Nazi principles, in no uncertain terms, and does nothing but harm minorities, women and 99% of the people in the United States

    Posted by: RxR | Jul 10, 2012 11:22:45 PM


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