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.

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. Bob says

    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.

  3. brian says

    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.

  4. disgusted american says

    ..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

  5. Dawson says

    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.

  6. Don't buy the hype says

    @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.

  7. ? says

    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.

  8. GeorgeM says

    ” 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

  9. Bob says

    @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.

  10. Bob says

    @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.

  11. GeorgeM says

    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.

  12. neptune says

    “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.

  13. ratbastard says

    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.

  14. JohnAGJ says

    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.

  15. andrew says

    @ 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.

  16. andrew says

    @ 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.

  17. andrew says

    @ 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.

  18. RxR says

    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

  19. ratbastard says

    @Andrew,

    Why? I think Catholic dogma is mostly BS. I also think the church should be criminally prosecuted using RICO. I think the Protestants and Baptists are mostly full of sh*t also. I think many Muslims behave in a shamefully backward manner. And yes Andrew, I have serious issues with Jewish dogma also, much of which I would consider to be as racist as the Nazis. And I could list the things that I think are BS, but there’s not enough space here. But ooooooooh, I criticized Jewish dogma, so I clearly hate Jews. No Andrew, I don’t hate Jewish people simply for being Jewish anymore than I hate Catholics or Protestants.

    Tell you what I do disrespect though: double standards. The Jewish religion is as much fair game as any other. But as I said, I find all religions to be superstitious crap designed to control people, and they including Judaism have caused immense suffering, hate, violence, and death in our world over the past 2000 years.

    I’m a real radical on this issue,Andrew. I don’t give Judaism a pass because of the Nazis. I’m not a Nazi and my family and ancestors didn’t persecute Jewish people, in fact they fought to end the Nazi control of Europe. So this antisemitism BS [like the race card] really gets under my skin. Most people are afraid to say what’s really on their minds on this issue, they’ve been brainwashed and cowered into submission. And it’s really simply all about control, controlling people.

  20. ratbastard says

    @Andrew,

    Why? I think Catholic dogma is mostly BS. I also think the church should be criminally prosecuted using RICO. I think the Protestants and Baptists are mostly full of sh*t also. I think many Muslims behave in a shamefully backward manner. And yes Andrew, I have serious issues with Jewish dogma also, much of which I would consider to be as racist as the Nazis. And I could list the things that I think are BS, but there’s not enough space here. But ooooooooh, I criticized Jewish dogma, so I clearly hate Jews. No Andrew, I don’t hate Jewish people simply for being Jewish anymore than I hate Catholics or Protestants.

    Tell you what I do disrespect though: double standards. The Jewish religion is as much fair game as any other. But as I said, I find all religions to be superstitious crap designed to control people, and they including Judaism have caused immense suffering, hate, violence, and death in our world over the past 2000 years.

    I’m a real radical on this issue,Andrew. I don’t give Judaism a pass because of the Nazis. I’m not a Nazi and my family and ancestors didn’t persecute Jewish people, in fact they fought to end the Nazi control of Europe. So this antisemitism BS [like the race card] really gets under my skin. Most people are afraid to say what’s really on their minds on this issue, they’ve been brainwashed and cowered into submission. And it’s really simply all about control, controlling people.

  21. Icebloo says

    The snake avoids answering questions again…..

    Is Romney going to actually make a stand on ANY issues or is his whole campaign going to be about avoiding any commitment to ANYTHING ? What stupid people will vote for an untrustworthy character who won’t commit to anything ?

  22. atomic says

    Here’s the dirty little secret. Obama is so hated by the right-wing, evangelical, hard-core GOP, that Romney could literally announce on Fox News that he fully supports marriage equality and gay rights, and they would STILL show up and vote for him. The bigots would whine and threaten and fuss, but in the end they would still cast their ballots for him because Romney is the only kind of leadership they recognize: rich, white, and corporate.

    So, Romney has very little to lose and a lot to gain by going progressive on GLBT rights. He’d take votes from social moderates who are fiscally conservative. The ideological divide is so strong these days that just calling yourself a Republican or Democrat is enough to get those base voters to go for or against you.

    But Romney doesn’t do it, even though it’s the politically smart thing to do. Why? Because he is just as much a right-wing nutcase as the rest of them. He IS as much a bigot. He IS his constituency of racist, elitist, hateful, backwards fundamentalists. Don’t fool yourself for one second that he’s secretly “okay” with GLBT rights. That’s just your wallet speaking. And honestly, if you’re not a multimillionaire like he is, you are also fooling yourself if you think his tax plan is going to help you out. He’s in it for his corporate bedfellows, like the Koch brothers. Not you, no matter how many Bentleys you own or how many vacation homes you have.

  23. ichabod says

    When I read this, I first thought Romney said he was “particularly committed to protecting the life of the UNICORN.”

    Which, come to think of it, is probably pretty damn accurate.

  24. TerryA says

    Well, Romney’s campaign hired an openly gay man, Richard Grenell…said appointment lasted all of 24 hours…after Romney caved in completely to the bigotry and homophobia of Bryan Fischer and Tony Perkins.

    I don’t think Mitt Romney is “gay friendly at a personal level”. Not one damn bit. That appointment of Grenell was part of the “pivot” his campaign had to make to the center. And we saw what happened.

    Mitt Romney has completely signed on to NOM’s agenda. Completely. I think Mitt Romney is a mean, nasty bigot when it comes to LGBT Americans. And we now know that he’ll do whatever Bryan Fischer and Tony Perkins tells him to do.

  25. Michaelandfred says

    Mitt is “gay friendly” like old plantation owners were “friendly” with their house slaves. Anyone see “The Help”? All those black women, raising their kids and spending most of the day with their families….very “negro friendly” until push came to shove and then they shoved. Hard and without remorse.

    Savage had it totally right. House slaves. That’s how the GOP sees us.

  26. Matt says

    And yet you seem to be able to be incredibly callous about them altogether, putting forth your insensitive positions without a second thought.
    You won’t win me, but you’ll probably piss off enough Teavangelicals to prevent you from winning, so keep up your little song and dance about how you’re “not really a bigot” and piss the uber-bigots off even more.

  27. anon says

    Republicans will continue to use gay wedge issues until these referendums start losing at the polls. Once that happens they will drop the gay stuff. It’s like how silence descended on the issue of divorce after states started enacting no-fault laws in the 60’s and divorced politicians started winning elections at the state and national level. Republicans, evangelicals, Catholics and others knew they were on the losing side so went quiet. The last time divorce was prominent in an election was in the 90’s in Louisiana.

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