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Mitt Set to Take the Stage in Tampa

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa tonight – capping off a week that saw the party embrace one of its most far-right platforms ever.

The GOP 2012 platform comes out strongly against a number of communities – LGBT people, women, and immigrants chief among them. Like Mitt Romney, the platform does recognize relationship recognition for same-sex couples – instead playing up a promise to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and push for a federal marriage amendment. The platform likens open service in the military to a social experiment, and criticizes President Obama’s historic efforts to strengthen LGBT human rights abroad.

In advance of Mitt’s speech tonight, it’s worth looking at the progress we’ve made over the past four years – and comparing that to everything Mitt Romney stands for.

Marriage Equality

President Obama has endorsed marriage equality for same-sex couples. He’s also directed the Department of Justice to stop defending DOMA.

Mitt Romney is even more extreme than former President George W. Bush (who supported civil unions) when it comes to relationship recognition. He doesn’t recognize it in any form, and has vowed to both defend DOMA and push for a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that would bar loving, committed same-sex couples from marrying.

Employment Non-Discrimination

President Obama supports federal workplace protections for LGBT employees.

Mitt Romney says federal workplace protections would place an “undue burden” on employers.

LGBT Families

President Obama supports LGBT families – he’s cited the 100,000+ children in need of forever families as one of the reasons LGBT people should not be discriminated against in starting families.

Mitt Romney continues to insist that children do best when raised by one mother and one father. In fact, on the campaign trail for the 2008 elections, he scoffed at the idea of same-sex couples in Massachusetts starting families.

Open Military Service

President Obama led efforts to end – and ultimately signed into law – repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Mitt Romney – despite supporting open service when seeking the progressive vote in Massachusetts a decade earlier – ended up opposing repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Keep in mind just how much is at stake in this election while listening to Romney tonight, and earn more about his poor track record on LGBT equality at

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