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Romney Would Want Gay Grandchildren To Be 'Happy,' But Not Married: VIDEO


Despite the fact that a secretly taped video showed Mitt Romney saying it would be "helpful" to be Latino in this election, a crowd of mostly Latino voters appeared to welcome the GOP candidate during a Univision/Facebook town hall last night, and they were especilly enthusiastic about his support for so-called "traditional marriage."

Asked how he would react if one of his sons came out, Romney smirked, "Well my kids are all married, so I'd be surprised [if they were gay]." The crowd ate it up.

Romney then claimed that if any of his grandchildren came out, he would "want them to be happy" and supports their right to "live in a loving relationship" if they so "choose".

Watch the video, and pay attention to  the moderator's phrasing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "This video is not available in your country"

    CBS: Can't Be Seen.

    Can anyone re-upload this so we can see it?

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 20, 2012 2:33:12 PM

  2. Absolute pandering horse manure.
    because that makes him loo because that makes him look good how to say it because he's not going to tell a Latino audiennce that the grandchildren would be ostracized because the

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 20, 2012 2:41:48 PM

  3. This, coming from a guy who's religion demands those who are gay to kill themselves to redeem themselves in the afterlife. That's priceless, coming from him.

    Posted by: Colin | Sep 20, 2012 2:58:58 PM

  4. I actually thought this was a very humane answer for a republican- you could see him clearly trying to be tolerant and reaching towards a middle-ground.
    John Barrowman, gay man extraordinaire, advocates essentially what Romney is saying- something that is the same as marriage but called something different, because it is different. It's an interesting perspective. I myself haven't made up my mind, as long as we get all the same rights.

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 20, 2012 3:06:57 PM

  5. Bryan, did you also think making separate drinking fountains for black people was a great middle-ground alternative?

    It's 2012. There is no "middle ground" - you're either an intelligent compassionate human being who understands and accepts that LGBT couples marrying in no way affects the lives of non-LGBT people and their marriages, or you're an ignorant bigot/bigot-pandering dunce who refuses to accept the most clear and basic sociological realities.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 20, 2012 3:17:10 PM

  6. @Bryan: Sorry to pop your bubble, but this is one issue Romney has not flip-flopped on in this election cycle: he supports civil unions as long as they are NOT equivalent to marriage. (I'm curious what rights he'd plan to exclude and how many he'd leave us with.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 20, 2012 3:45:04 PM

  7. Sorry for previous post - this blog host needs to get with Android 4.0, which has been out for months
    Romney CANNOT wish loving relationships for his Gay son or Gay grandchildren, as they would be ostracized, and absent from the family for eternity in the afterlife, according to "mormonity"

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 20, 2012 5:35:41 PM

  8. He seriously think because his son's are married not one of them sneaks off to "Brokeback Mountain" ?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 20, 2012 5:52:00 PM

  9. If elected president ... uh, his job will be not to worry about those same-sex couples legally married in six states. He would not convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives nor would he be able to elegantly communicate with "those" married Americans.

    Posted by: newz4i | Sep 20, 2012 6:51:25 PM

  10. @Bryan: It wasn't a "humane" answer at all, what are you smoking? Romney has never come close to supporting CUs that resemble marriage, but he does support a constitutional amendment that would void the legal marriages of many thousands of gay couples.

    Furthermore, marriage not some 2nd class CU or DP is the basis for all the federal court cases that would overturn DOMA and Prop 8, and there is no--whatever John Barrowman has to say about it--logical reason to call something truly equivalent to marriage anything but marriage.

    Any gay person still on the fence about where Mittens stands on gay rights is nuts.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 20, 2012 7:08:30 PM

  11. Says JASON:

    "Women are very hostile to the concept of a fluid male sexuality because it's something she can't control. Consider that male sexuality is powerful. When it's two men, it's even more powerful. It represents a direct threat to her ability to control the sexuality of her husband or boyfriend."

    Proof that RICK and JASON are the same person. There can't possibly be two twits spewing the same anti-women crap. I have figured out why RICK may hate women so much (besides his mommy issues)....he must have been with a women who found out he likes d*ck on and threw his butt out!

    Posted by: MATTT | Sep 20, 2012 9:16:54 PM

  12. Just wait another 20 years when his gay grandson knocks him on his ass!

    Posted by: KarmaRaven | Sep 20, 2012 11:40:17 PM

  13. Diogenes Arktos, you're giving Willard far too much credit. He has indeed flipped on this issue, guided as on all issues solely by the sole element at his core - unadulterated ambition. His record has been one of very clearly opposing not only marriage equality but also civil unions but, now that this week he needs to change the narrative, shake the Etch-a-Sketch and reintroduce himself as "moderate, compassionate" Mitt on issues ranging from immigration to health insurance reform, I guess we won't be hearing anything about his support for an anti-gay amendment of the U.S. Constitution. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/us/politics/romney-reaffirms-opposition-to-marriage-or-similar-for-gay-couples.html?_r=0

    Posted by: Patric | Sep 20, 2012 11:58:17 PM

  14. No one has told him about the DL syndrome...I mean...they are all over the place...all these married guys who like (read that as love) to get topped by gay guys. I run into them sooo frequently...married, kids, "straight" – yeah right!

    Posted by: edtash | Sep 21, 2012 1:16:47 AM

  15. Romney's answer shows that he is not a homophobe. He recognizes the rights of same sex people to live in loving relationships and have domestic partners rights. His statement is light years ahead of most of the wing nuts on the right and fundamentalist christians. I still don't intend to vote for him, but the left wing ideologues should not try to make him out to be something he is not, a homophobe. I would bet that many of the marriage equality now folks who post on this site have parents and grandparents who think like Mr Romney. Some probally not as liberally. Not everyone reaches the more liberal positions on social change at the same time. Mr Obama just arrived at that view this year.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 21, 2012 3:05:31 AM

  16. How many grandmothers does he have? Coming from a history of bigamy and he endorses "traditional" marriage? Cut the racist garbage about Obama, look at his predecessor and the jobs lost from his terms in Obama's first 90 days. Give me a break...

    Posted by: Kris | Sep 21, 2012 4:07:04 AM

  17. How gullible are you, Andrew? If you'd followed Romney's career at all you'd realize that absolutely nothing he says when he knows that cameras are rolling reflects any sincerely, deeply held view about any issue. Whether the topic is health insurance reform, immigration, abortion rights or gay rights, Romney will say (to a far greater extent even than that this is sometimes true of other politicians) what he's calculated will advance his ambition. If you want to hear what he really thinks on a topic, you need to get him on a secret videotape. His comments this week about gay people were part and parcel of a package of softened comments on topics ranging from immigration to health insurance reform and reflect nothing more than his panic about how poorly he is doing with women voters in states like Virginia. If you want to know what Romney really feels about gay people, I'd suggest you not just take him at his word during a campaign appearance. http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/07/27263/ , http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/us/politics/romney-reaffirms-opposition-to-marriage-or-similar-for-gay-couples.html?_r=0 , http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/11/16/368369/romney-flashback-homosexuality-is-perverse-and-reprehensible/ and http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bashir-mitt-rommey-was-the-leader-of-the-gang-that-maliciously-hazed-gay-classmate/

    Posted by: Patric | Sep 21, 2012 10:19:35 AM

  18. @Patric: The URL you gave me does not in fact contradict my contention that Romney does support civil unions - as long as they are not marriages except in name.

    Another great link about Romney's devolution on LGBT people:
    and its corresponding Facebook page.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 21, 2012 10:32:55 AM

  19. Diogenes Artkos, part of the problem of describing Romney's position on civil unions or on any issue is that he's taken every side of every issue at one point or another.

    Here's what he told South Carolina Republicans about his position on civil unions in 2005:

    "From day one I've opposed the move for same-sex marriage and its equivalent, civil unions."
    February 21, 2005: Speaking at a Republican rally in South Carolina Republicans

    Similarly, this is what he said during a 2002 gubernatorial debate in Massachusetts:

    "Call me old fashioned, but I don't support gay marriage nor do I support civil union."

    Now, you may be willing to give him some credit for some wiggle room in some of the statements he's made but I would contend that, even if he should be seen as having left the door open in that 2005 statement or others to supporting any type of civil unions, it was soley to advance his own political self-interest with "moderate" voters. Certainly he has not taken any action in his career that would suggest that he would actually support passage of some watered-down form of civil unions.

    Meanwhile, Andrew, here's more evidence to consider as you assess whether Romney is a homophobe (though, ultimately, Dan Savage nailed it this week on the relevance of that question):

    In a 2007 interview, Romney declined to answer whether homosexuality was a mental defect saying, “I’m not going to suggest in anyway a psychologist. That’s a decision a psychologist would have to tell ya and I’m not going to weigh in on that.”

    Posted by: Patric | Sep 21, 2012 1:18:43 PM

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