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Paper Chronicles Romney's Disturbing Interactions with Gay People: VIDEO

In this Boston Globe article, Julie Goodridge, one of the plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 Massachusetts gay marriage case, describes a meeting she and the other plaintiffs had with then Governor Mitt Romney, who had endorsed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

GoodridgeGoodridge spoke about the meeting in a video over the summer for the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign, but the Boston Spirit article goes much deeper into Romney's complete lack of empathy, and Romney's other interactions with LGBT groups and people during his time as governor.

Here's how Goodridge's meeting went:

“I didn’t know you had families,” remarked Romney to the group, according to Wilson.

The offhanded remark underscored that Romney, the governor of the first state prepared to grant same-sex marriage, hadn’t taken the time to look at what the landmark case was really about. By this point the plaintiff’s stories had been widely covered by national media — in particular, Julie Goodridge’s heartrending tale of how her then-partner, Hillary, was denied hospital visitation following the precarious birth of daughter Annie. It was the ignorance of these facts — and Romney’s inaccurate, insensitive answer to her parting question, that pushed Julie Goodridge to her breaking point.

“I looked him in the eye as we were leaving,” recalls Goodridge. “And I said, ‘Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?’”

His response, according to Goodridge: “I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.”

Romney’s retort enraged a speechless Goodridge; he didn’t care, and by referring to her biological daughter as “adopted,” it was clear he hadn’t even been listening. By the time she was back in the hallway, she was reduced to tears.

“I really kind of lost it,” says Goodridge. “I’ve never stood before someone who had no capacity for empathy. It went behind flat affect. It was a complete lack of ability or motivation to understand other people.”

While Goodridge cried, Romney brought the press into his office to give his take on the meeting.

He described it as, “Pleasant.”

Make sure you read the rest of the article HERE.

If you haven't watched Goodridge's video, which I posted it earlier this year, I've reposted it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don't like it when people go to the media years down the track and complain about so and so. It's like lapsed memory syndrome. The recollections are usually questionable at best.

    Julie Goodridge seems particularly bitter. The expression on her face resembles that which follows consumption of vinegar thinking it's lemonade.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 12, 2012 8:38:27 AM

  2. I'm not surprised.

    At the RNC, they tried to humanize Mittens by trotting out people to give testimonials about what a good guy he is. Including the parents of a teenager who died from cancer, who Mitt visited while in the hospital. The problem is that those people are Mormons and the visits were a religious obligation for him as a church elder/leader.

    From stories of Mitt as a high school bully, to his actions at Bain, to this story above, it's clear the man lacks a moral conscience, and maybe be a sociopath outright.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 12, 2012 8:39:33 AM

  3. Who needs family when you have money?!

    Right, gay Republicans?

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 12, 2012 8:59:14 AM

  4. @Jason:

    If you felt you and your family was under personal attack from someone that was running for public office something tells me you would have a bitter look on your face as well.

    Posted by: J. Page | Sep 12, 2012 9:03:50 AM

  5. I've been saying this for a while now and evidence only grows stronger to support my claims: Mitt is a sociopath. He's a sociopath. And with that fundamental lack of empathy for anyone outside himself there is absolutely zero reason to ever believe that he would work in the interests of anyone but himself: possibly the worst person possible to assume a position like POTUS.

    Posted by: Aedan | Sep 12, 2012 9:05:58 AM

  6. Look, I'm not saying that Julie wasn't treated unfairly. I'm saying that I find it odd that people come out years down the track with some recollection about so and so. It seems politically motivated and is unfair on the person who is being bad-mouthed.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 12, 2012 9:19:09 AM

  7. I'll always remember when Marriage Equality became law in MA, Romney Inc found some obscure 1800's law, never enforced, that required couples marrying in MA to reside in MA (in other words, no out of state folks)... and only when Marriage became legal, instructed people to begin enforcement.

    That to me, said so much. Despite the obvious change in law in the present, he was willing to mess with everyone for his own warped ideas. That's not a leader... not in the slightest, more like a petulant King.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Sep 12, 2012 9:24:25 AM

  8. The super rich are not known for being sympathetic or kind. I know people who work for millionaires and billionaires as personal assistants or household managers...the stories are outrageous.

    The interaction Julie Goodridge had sounds pretty typical. There is a troubling disconnect and loss of empathy for people not in their economic class; we are nothing but potential disposable labor to them.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Sep 12, 2012 9:26:11 AM

  9. Jason, if you would read the actual article you would discover that while Romney was Governor, his administration fired several of their people right before or right after they entered into a same sex marriage.

    Several people interviewed for the article said they felt that Romney had little to no empathy for gay people and did not view gay families as being similar to straight families.

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 12, 2012 9:27:40 AM

  10. Why are we still answering Jason? He is a Repbub bug to just say stuff to get us up in arms. ignore him. He only comments on stuff where the donkeys are being painted bad.

    Posted by: tilltheworldends | Sep 12, 2012 9:31:38 AM

  11. Agree with previous post: Mittens displays the qualities of a sociopath and is a very dangerous, volatile man who is an earnest self-promoter, to the detriment and expense of others. This makes the homocons embrace of him all the more puzzling. Apparently, some of us never grow-up out of our culturally-trained self-loathing.

    Posted by: My2cents | Sep 12, 2012 9:34:40 AM

  12. I'm also convinced that he is a sociopath. Many of the symptoms fit. It would explain a lot: the constant lying, the lack of empathy and genuine emotions and also his past actions like the bullying and animal cruelty

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 12, 2012 9:37:07 AM

  13. Jason, darling, have you read the Dempsey/pshchologist article, on this page, on being judgemental ?
    Perhaps you should watch the vid and learn.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 12, 2012 9:38:04 AM

  14. The lack of empathy and genuine emotions could also be explained by the fact that Romney is a robot.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Sep 12, 2012 9:43:31 AM

  15. Jason blabbers: "Look, I'm not saying that Julie wasn't treated unfairly. I'm saying that I find it odd that people come out years down the track with some recollection about so and so."

    This is what reporters and historians do. It's about obtaining background and learning about someone's past. Should we just set some arbitrary date- 1 year, 2 years- and then say that anything older than that must remain a secret?

    Are you really this stupid?

    Posted by: homer | Sep 12, 2012 9:52:53 AM

  16. Jason, it's weird because there's no lapsed memory here. She's brought this issue up since it happened. And it was mentioned again back when Mitt was running as a potential elect. ...And it's being mentioned again because Mitt Romney is at the forefront of the election. Perhaps you should take the time to research the history of these complaints and issues before you go about calling them "unaddressed, memory lapse concerns". It only makes you look like a fool.

    You said the same thing about the couple whose luggage was vandalized at the airport, even though the moment it happened, the story broke on Bilerico.com and was only being reported on again on Towleroad one year later since the lawsuit made progress.

    Posted by: luminum | Sep 12, 2012 9:54:22 AM

  17. Sociopath is as sociopath does...

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 12, 2012 10:08:07 AM

  18. Let me guess Jason. You're one of those gay republicans?

    Posted by: J. | Sep 12, 2012 10:18:07 AM

  19. @AEDAN Of course Mitt Romney is a sociopath! His religion is a blueprint for sociopathy. The same can be said for evangelical christianity or Islamic fundamentalism.

    People such as Mitt Romney are incapable of empathy or compassion. They have no real emotion; they feel no real love. It's tragic and very frightening to watch Mr. Romney act out his sociopathy on a public stage. His superficiality is practically pathological and deeply disturbing.

    In fact, I would even go so far as to say that the entire GOP is sociopathic. There is no empathy, no inability to emphasize; the GOP's behavior is anti-social, manipulative, devious, incapable of telling the truth and willing to destroy without remorse or without conscious anyone who gets in their way.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 12, 2012 10:23:21 AM

  20. Looking forward to the great Republican evisceration of 2012. We should audit Romney and financially devastate his entire family of bigots.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Sep 12, 2012 10:33:14 AM

  21. I agree with all the others who have said that Romney is a sociopath. He doesn't want to be President because he has any interest in the job, he wants to be president so he can tick off a box on his lifetime "to-do" list. He's a scary man and thought of him running this country gives me the willies.

    Posted by: Dev | Sep 12, 2012 10:35:46 AM

  22. @David R. Yes, I KNOW *all* religions can be considered cults, but you know what? It's not a particularly helpful observation for people to bring up EVERY g*dd*amn time the topic of Mormonism comes up. Basically you're saying "Oh, well it's no worse than any other religion!" when in fact it IS worse. There has to be a way to discuss particularly abusive religions and differentiate them from others, Scientology and Mormonism for instance, without having to address the statement that all religions are the same.

    *I* am an atheist and there is NO love lost between me and organized religion, but there IS a difference between religions that, like it or not, have been around for thousands of years and have been a major influence in world history and a religion invented 160 years ago by a convicted con-man or 50-some years ago by a science fiction writer.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 12, 2012 12:20:25 PM

  23. @DEV: I think he wants to do it because his Dad failed in his attempt at the Presidency. He wants to prove something and do what daddy couldn't.

    Posted by: MATT | Sep 12, 2012 2:39:53 PM

  24. Keep your children safe from Mitt Romney...and from Jason.

    Posted by: Jase | Sep 12, 2012 7:52:16 PM

  25. Oops - better correct the link at the intro- it's not a Boston Globe article

    Posted by: David | Sep 12, 2012 10:49:06 PM

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