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UPDATE: Federal Marriage Amendment DEFINITELY Still A Cornerstone Of Romney's 'Values'


After last week's debate, Mitt Romney campaign senior adviser Bay Buchanan told The Advocate's Julie Bolcer that the former governor thinks marriage equality should be left to the states. "He very much supports traditional marriage, but he's also a very strong advocate for the Tenth Amendment. It's a state issue," said the openly gay sister of Pat Buchanan. She also reportedly said Romney would not try to stop any state-based marriage rights fights.

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner wonders today whether this means that Romney, one of the candidates who signed the National Organization for Marriage's pledge to fight for a Federal Marriage Amendment and also a NOM donor, is changing his tune to appear more moderate. Romney does, after all, have a habit of adapting policy to fit a political climate. "The decision to stop supporting the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment would be a moderating move for the Romney campaign, whose party platform includes support for the amendment," writes Geidner. The Romney campaign did not answer his repeated requests for comment.

There will be few opportunities to ask Mitt Romney whether he supports states' right or the conservative Federal Marriage Amendment, but if his website is to be believed, Romney's still firmly on the right.

From his campaign page called "Values":

Marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve traditional marriage – the joining together of one man and one woman. As president, Mitt will not only appoint an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act – a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton – but he will also champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

See a screenshot AFTER THE JUMP.

UPDATE: Bay Buchanan, whom I mistakenly said is a lesbian, responded to Geidner's report by making absolutely, positively clear that Mitt Romney wants a Federal Marriage Amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages from coast-to-coast, states' rights be darned:

Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.

I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage.

Oh, so limited states' rights.


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  1. I don't think Bay Buchanan is gay.

    Posted by: Drew | Oct 20, 2012 5:47:20 PM

  2. romney was actively against marriage equality while he was governor of MA.

    he would be actively against it as president.

    he will say whatever he thinks will get him elected, then act like the conservatives who payed for it want him to...

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 20, 2012 5:49:13 PM

  3. After that what, concentration camps, gas chambers and then minorities being rounded up?

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 20, 2012 5:57:16 PM

  4. More Romney lies. He, along with the other Republican contenders for President, publicly stated he would bring in a Federal Gay Marriage Ban, Reinstate "Don't ask don't tell" and deport the gay foreigners in the US who are "married" to Americans. Now he is panicking. He knows he is going to lose the election so he's softening his stance. He changes his mind every day.

    The self hating GRUBS (Gay Republicans) may be stupid enough (and desperate enough) to believe these lies but the rest of us are not as dumb.

    It send shivers down my spine when I hear these people state that Romney WILL win. It makes me suspect they have more voter suppression tactics going on. I cannot believe just how much voter harassment and suppression happens in the US. The rest of the world need to see all of this.


    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 20, 2012 6:01:45 PM


    I was not aware of that. After the uproar over Ric Grennell it seems to me that would be front page news: Senior Adviser to the Romney Campaign is a Lesbian

    Posted by: txstevo | Oct 20, 2012 6:05:04 PM

  6. Hitler did change Germany's Constitution and we all know how that worked out.

    Posted by: Wolfgang | Oct 20, 2012 6:06:00 PM

  7. And Paul Ryan's record on LGBT equality Iincluding, but not limited to, marriage equality) is even worse than Bishop Willard's.

    Posted by: K in VA | Oct 20, 2012 6:11:26 PM

  8. Wow, Romney is both for and against a FMA at the same time! That is an interesting position.

    Posted by: StarGem | Oct 20, 2012 6:14:11 PM

  9. I think someone is confusing Pat Buchanan's sister with Newt Gingrich's sister.

    AFAIK, Bay Buchanan is a heterosexual woman.

    Posted by: StarGem | Oct 20, 2012 6:15:58 PM

  10. Does Bay have any official standing with the Romney campaign or is this some new position that she just made up all by herself? It's bad enough that Mitt lies constantly, but now even his surrogates just spout whatever nonsense comes into their heads.

    Posted by: e.c. | Oct 20, 2012 6:18:35 PM

  11. Bay Buchanan is an official "senior adviser" to the Romney campaign.

    Posted by: StarGem | Oct 20, 2012 6:21:04 PM

  12. F*CK YOU Mister Romney. F*ck you.

    Posted by: dc | Oct 20, 2012 6:50:20 PM

  13. Lol he can support it all he wants, it will never get passed. no chance of that anymore.

    Posted by: Anthony | Oct 20, 2012 7:05:50 PM

  14. Do not assume that Gay Marriage Ban Amendment would never pass. If Romney wins on Nov. 6 nothing is impossible and our rights aren't off the table.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 20, 2012 7:56:05 PM

  15. Never forget that Rmoney is a vulture capitalist and a Moron, er, Mormon, and therefore a brain-dead member of a bizarre mind-controlling cult just slightly less pernicious than Skyentology. If Rmoney-RyAyan win, we're all f*cked, period. The Bush crime family will look like amateurs when Rmoney and his buzzards start to loot the treasury, steal what's left of the national economy, and burn the capitol on their way to the Cayman Islands. Damn them all.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 20, 2012 9:36:15 PM

  16. The democrats will filibuster any attempt at it, you need a 2/3 vote to pass an amendment. It will never happen period.

    Posted by: Anthony | Oct 20, 2012 9:40:25 PM

  17. So they admit that that would be "redefining" marriage...meaning the current constitution (along with the verbiage in the Loving v Virginia decision) implie the right to same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Sam A | Oct 20, 2012 10:22:29 PM

  18. Obama is a mere mortal who lies because, well, that's what mortals do. Romney is a junior varsity god who lies because he thinks that we wouldn't understand the truth. To gain an existential understanding of the cult that produced Mitt Romney, and to get your socks scared off, read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew, available in paperback and e-book on Amazon:


    Its unwilling, part-Mexican Mormon assassin dramatizes the Mormon superiority complex, manifesting it as racism, sexism, jingoism and an anti-federal government temperament. His research in the new library reveals ominous similarities between Islam and Mormonism. The spiritual power behind the cult, which is not the Holy Ghost, acts out.

    "With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece."
    Tom Whalen
    Read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew.

    Posted by: Steven Janiszewski | Oct 20, 2012 11:27:29 PM

  19. The implication that visiting someone in the hospital is a "benefit" and not a right is highly disturbing

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 21, 2012 6:39:16 AM

  20. Originalists *technically* have to defend blacks as 3/5 of a person and deny any amendments (such as women's suffrage).

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 21, 2012 7:17:57 AM

  21. Saying that same sex marriages should be the right of each State to determine is an egregious argument. Many governments, Canada included, will not recognize marriages that are not federally sanctioned in the country of origin. The US federal government has already ruled against polygamy therefore making a national policy over States Rights. And reciprocity of marital contracts has been an essential feature of marriage between the states as it deals with interstate commerce. So it is easy to see that this "States Rights" argument is a ruse to block gay rights.

    Posted by: pierre laplante | Oct 21, 2012 9:38:23 AM

  22. When Marriage Equality passed in MA, Romney acting as Gov, revived an 1860's law requiring that marriages performed in MA would be for people residing in MA only...

    paraphrasing... He didn't want MA to become the Las Vegas for gay people.

    Why would anyone believe anything this man says???

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 21, 2012 11:11:14 AM

  23. 5 kids, 18 grandchildren. and apparently none are gay? what Mormon Magic!

    Mitt - you are a pathetic excuse for a man. you'd rather attend your son's funeral than his marriage to another man.

    i'd happily spit in your face.

    what needs to change for these bigots to wake up? LGBT people are going to continue to die as long as bigots like Mitt promote and encourage prejudice and discrimination.

    i do not wish for death or more suicides. but since they are, alas, going to continue happening, it might as well happen to families of Republicans.

    maybe then they'll realize that being anti-gay doesn't mean your kids turn out straight - it means your potentially-gay kids turn out dead.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 21, 2012 11:33:01 AM

  24. This is simply a matter of Mitt going for as many votes as he can to win - at any cost, be he a liar or cheat.

    He knows that a majority (however slim, it's still a majority) of Americans are not in favor of marriage equality. If he can tap into that majority to win, he will do so.

    I've said it before: Mitt is trying to win ANY WAY HE CAN saying WHATEVER HE HAS TO SAY (regardless the consequences of his lies) to do so.

    All bets are off, it will be a close race because of his tactics.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 21, 2012 11:40:35 AM

  25. It's 2004, all over again. All down to Ohio and Florida.

    Let's see how/if the right figures out a way to steal the election this time.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 21, 2012 11:42:22 AM

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