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04/20/2012

Romney's (gay) spokesman claims boss shares same rights/marriage positions as Obama, Clinton

by Jeremy Hooper

Mitt Romney has signed the National Organization For Marriage's pledge. To remind you of the vows in that menacing pledge:

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[NOM]

In terms of stopping or rolling back marriage rights for same-sex couples, it's hard to go much further than what's stated above. And of course this is all coupled with the former Governor's years of supporting a marriage amendment/repeal in Massachusetts and courting conservatives at far-right events like the Value Voters Summit and at LGBT-hostile places like Liberty University.

So with a record like this, where does Romney rank against Democrats like Secretary Clinton and President Obama? Well, if you believe the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's newly hired, OPENLY GAY spokesman, it makes Mitt, Hill, and Bar a trio of equally-feathered birds:

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[Richard Grenell]

Uh huh, right. Exactly the same positions except for the whole "NOT AT ALL!" part. President Obama and Secretary Clinton both oppose both state and federal constitutional amendments banning marriage. I'm fairly confident that both support Supreme Court nominees who are open to marriage equality being something other than an "inserted right." Both oppose DOMA, President Obama outwardly and directly so. Oh, and few of us could imagine either of the two establishing an eery presidential commission like the one NOM describes.

And in terms of coming out and actually supporting marriage equality? Well if Mitt Romney has even hinted at an "evolution" towards full equality, then he must have shaken the Etch a Sketch before any of us read it! It's more than fair to say that his shining signature right there on that aforementioned NOM pledge suggests a devolution of marriage rights for people like me. People like Richard.

Bottom line: It is an OUTRIGHT LIE to claim that Romney, Obama, and (either) Clinton share the exact same stance on gay rights/marriage. And as I said repeatedly to the gay conservatives of 2008: It's one thing to support your ticket DESPITE the record, but it's quite another thing to pretend said record doesn't exist!

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