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05/24/2007

Mr. Romney, you only have a gay-accepting record if you happen to own a Village People LP

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images Mitt-2-1Speaking on the subject of gay morality, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the AP today:

"I don't think that a person who's running for a secular position as I am should talk about or engage in discussions of what they in their personal faith or their personal beliefs is immoral or not immoral"

He is also quoted as saying:

"What you look for in a leader is someone who will welcome and treat with respect people who made different choices and have different beliefs in their lives and have differences. I have nothing but respect and feelings of tolerance for people with differences from myself and feel that way with regards to those who are gay"

And:

"I oppose discrimination against gay people"..."I am not anti-gay. I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay and that's not me."

All sounds pretty good, right? However, after thinking back over our many past experiences with M-Rom, we have written this response:

Hmm...so let's first talk about that whole "not engaging in faith discussions" part, Mr, Romney. Did you feel that way when you appeared at the Family Research Council's "Liberty Sunday" event (held in a Baptist church) and said that by ruling in favor of gay marriage, "...activist judges struck a blow to the foundation of civilization - the family"? And when the crowd of about 1,000 responded to that comment with "Amen!" (as they reportedly did), you were of course pandering to their secular beliefs, right Mitt?

Also, you claim to treat us with respect, Mr. Romney, but we've heard you on multiple occasions refer to gays as "
choosing their lifestyles." That is not something that a respectful person says to a gay man or woman! It is the "message" on which our religious opposition stays, in order to make it look like our sexual orientations are not just another part of the spectrum of normalcy, but rather unsavory choices that we can change if we truly want. When such sentiment comes from a rabidly anti-gay marriage social conservative, one on our side of the fence has a hard time believing that there is respect beneath that "choice" of words!

Even in your above quotes, Mitt, you talk about people who have "
made different choices and have different beliefs." But being gay is neither. Shunning gay folks is!

And then there is the big daddy of them all, Mitt:
Your fervent gay marriage antipathy. Whenever discussing the issue at places such as the aforementioned evangelical Christian event, you say things like, "...marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children." This is not opposing discrimination; this is stealthily masking marriage discrimination behind the guise of child welfare! And again, it is"Pro-family" 101 to link kids with marriage, as if "I do" and "push, push" have anything to do with one another. As we've stated many times before, the marriage/child logic is reasoning that is not only offensive to gay couples (many of whom can, do, or will have children), but to ANY couple who can't or doesn't want to have kids! And it muddies the true waters of this two consenting adult, legislation of morality, equal protection for all, civil liberties debate!

So Mitt, we don't and have never thought of you as a rabid anti-gay who would refuse to hire or would openly shun a person because they are gay. However, in terms of your political career, you have been running in the past decade on a track that is EXTREMELY gay-negative. You fought to have gay marriage overturned in your state until the day you left office, despite the fact that none of the fearmogery, anti-child predictions that were used to oppose same-sex nups came to be once gay couples started getting hitched! And again --
and we do feel this is worth stressing -- you appeared in the past year at an event hosted by one of the most gay-unfriendly groups in the nation, where you spoke against gay marriage alongside the likes of James Dobson, Tony Perkins, William Donohue, Chuck Colson, Gary Bauer, Alan Sears, and last but not least-gay-friendly, Bishop Wellington Boone (whose video from the event you must watch if you have not already). This sort of appearance is not the action of a man who wants to separate personal faith from political endeavors, but rather the ploy of a candidate who knows he must marry faith and governance if he wants to keep gay marriage banned (as all gay marriage attacks are, at their core, "faith-based")!

But if you are truly NOT anti-gay, Mr. Romney, then give us some
actual reason to believe you! Virtually none of our opponents say they dislike us! It's always a "we love you..." followed by a "...but we don't want you married, serving in the army, protected from hate crimes, or looked at as normal. We do, however, want you to change into an "ex-gay," leave the partner who you love more than life itself, find Jesus, beg for repentance, and save your immoral soul from eternal damnation." So ya see, Mitters, we're gonna need to see a little action on your part, not just empty words. We need to hear you will consider that maybe, just maybe, civil marriage IS, in fact, wholly about adults, with kids being a product that may or may not follow (or may happen prior to the leal contract). We need you taking a pro-gay stand on even ONE issue. Go ahead -- fight to lift "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (which you say you don't want to change because "it's working") Show some support for hate crimes legislation. Hell, just acknowledge that gay people are part of life and start encouraging the far right to look at gay issues from a perspective in which they ACTUALLY LISTEN TO GAY PEOPLE!!!!! But you have to be with us on SOMETHING other than just the sort of casual tolerance that allows you to be around a dude-loving dude and not freak out. We want respect, and we want folks who will right the wrongs that still plague our community!

In all sincerity, we hope you
WILL turn over a new leaf, Mittalicious. However, at this point it is just a teensy bit offensive to suggest that the leaf you've been operating from has been making life even the slightest bit better for gay men or women! On the contrary, Mitt, your politics as they stand are helping keep bias alive and well. Your system of operation may not be anti-gay like Fred Phelps is anti-gay. However, it is far from gay-accepting!

Romney: I am not anti-gay [AP via Yahoo! News]

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Your thoughts

You will not see Mitt make any changes in position on this. As a gay man raised in the Mormon church I know that while the church will always "love" the individual, it will never have any toloerance for gay rights or those who support them. I do not beleive that Romney can consider himself, or be considered by the LDS Church, a good and faitful member if he was sympathetic to the gay cause.


Posted by: Todd | May 24, 2007 5:58:52 PM

Todd: You're likely right. Nor do we expect to see real change. However, we will gladly call him out on his bullMitt!

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 24, 2007 6:02:04 PM

I just found your website. Shameful! How dare you to insult God?
Gays are going to hell, no question about it. Gays are disgusting because they have anal and then oral sex. Gays have sex with children. Gays produce the aids virus!

You really need to turn to God and choose a righteous lifestyle!

Shelley Goodman

Posted by: Shelley Goodman | May 24, 2007 7:31:02 PM

Shelley: Considering that on your website, you link to Donnie Davies' C.H.O.P.S program (already proven to be satire) and have posted "God's hit list, I'm going to assume your radical extremism is just an act. If not, then OY!

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 24, 2007 8:30:01 PM

Dear Shelley,

Your statements are outrageous! You speak for "god" eh? Good on you. Is it also up to you to determine who's going to hell? A bit of news for you lady, hell exists only in your mind. As far as sex goes, heteros also have anal and oral sex, do some research, ask your "christian" buddies. How dare you accuse gays of having sex with children, your inflammatory rhetoric is appalling. People do not produce viruses...viruses are separate life forms. Viruses don't differentiate sexual orientation, your statement is so dumb, it doesn't even deserve a response, but considering the damage people with opinions like yours do, it is worth just exposing your stupidity. Focus on your own "lifestyle" and mind your own business.

Posted by: Tim | May 26, 2007 1:13:39 AM

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