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09/12/2012

Value Voters Flashback: When Romney said marriage discrimination = 'strength and preservation of a civilization' #VVS2012

by Jeremy Hooper

Despite her listing on the schedule, Ann Romney will not speak at the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit (beginning Friday). A smart and obvious choice, considering the level and intensity of FRC"s rhetoric. However, this is actually an anomaly for the Romney family, as Mitt has spoken at more than a few VVS events in the past four years.

Here's just one appearance, from 2007, in which the now–nominee not only voices support for a Federal Marriage Amendment, but also suggests that the "rational reason" for keeping same-gender couples unmarried is the "strength and preservation of a civilization":

Oh, GOP politicians of the early 21st century. So much denigration that so many of you have forever attached to your legacies. A shame, really.

Perhaps Paul Ryan, who is still speaking at this year's Value Voter Summit, can answer to some of the charges made by the 2007 version of his potential boss. Or maybe they'll just haul him out in a wheelchair, trembling and delirious at having lived through eight years of legal marriage equality and all of the clear and obvious horrors that have sprung forth around it. Because our civilization is now destroyed—didn't you know?

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