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Mitt’s Anti-LGBT Pals

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


"If people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays or will in any way try and suggest that people that have different sexual orientation don't have full rights in this country, they won't find that in me."

That was Mitt Romney this past January, beating a common theme that he doesn’t discriminate against LGBT people, despite a track record of innumerable flip-flops on virtually every equality issue.

So it’s interesting to look at some of the anti-LGBT company Mitt keeps. For starters, there’s Frank VanderSloot. He’s Romney’s National Finance Co-Chair – and he’s also one of the most ruthlessly anti-gay crusaders in the country. Just take a look at his past:

  • Belinda VanderSloot, his wife, donated $100,000 dollars to the Proposition 8 effort in California that ended marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
  • In his home state of Idaho, VanderSloot funded a billboard campaign that criticized Idaho Public Television for its airing of a documentary that showcases diversity of families and works to educate children on respect and tolerance. The campaign suggested that the station was involved in an effort to “promote the homosexual lifestyle.”
  • When a local reporter in Idaho Falls reported on the cover-up of child molestation incidents by the Boy Scouts and local Mormon church members, VanderSloot led a personal crusade against the reporter and outed him as gay. VanderSloot claimed that “the Boy Scout’s position of not letting gay men be scout leaders, and the LDS Church’s position that marriage should be between a man and a woman may have caused [the reporter] to attack the scouts and the LDS Church through his journalism.”  The reporter later won the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment for his reporting.

Join HRC in calling on Romney to back up his constant rhetoric that he doesn't believe in discrimination by firing VanderSloot immediately.

But it doesn't end with Frank VanderSloot. There’s Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who has said HRC and other LGBT equality organizations support “homosexual pedophilia.”

And remember Romney’s commitment to NOM’s Marriage Pledge – in which he’s vowed to support a federal marriage amendment, appoint anti-gay judges, and form a McCarthy-like commission to investigate allegations of “harassment” against NOM’s anti-LGBT supporters, among other things.

It’s time for Mitt Romney to clarify where exactly he stands on LGBT issues. He can no longer use his rhetoric to soften his tone while simultaneously angling for support from groups like NOM and people like Frank VanderSloot.

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