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Mitt’s Gay Spokesman Resigns; Bryan Fischer Celebrates

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

Mitt Romney’s openly gay Foreign Policy and National Security spokesman is resigning from the campaign, following outcry from far-right anti-gay groups over his appointment.

In a statement obtained by the Washington Post, Grennell acknowledged said of his ouster: “… my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign.”

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer wasted no time in claiming victory for Grennell’s resignation, saying: “…a homosexual activist in a very prominent place in Mitt Romney’s campaign has stepped down. He has resigned. And it’s very clear from the Washington Post that he resigned because of pressure that was put on the Romney campaign by the pro-family community. So ladies and gentlemen, this is a huge win. And it’s a huge win for us in regards to Mitt Romney.”

Check out the video, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

Grennell’s resignation is yet another example of Romney capitulating to the demands of the extremist, anti-LGBT far right. He financially supports groups like NOM and the Massachusetts Family Institute. He’s even signed a NOM pledge vowing to appoint only anti-LGBT judges. Grennell’s departure sends a strong message that LGBT people will not be welcomed into the fold in a Romney campaign or administration, and reinforces just how dangerous a President Romney would be for our community.

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