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Moderator to Mitt Romney: What If Your Grandchildren Are Gay and Want to Get Married?

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Mitt Romney spoke at the Univision “Meet the Candidates” forum Wednesday night. When the moderator asked how he would handle one of his children or grandchildren being gay, Romney provided an answer full of contradictions.

The GOP candidate claimed that same-sex couples can have “relationships of love and respect.” His own treatment of LGBT people blatantly contradicts such a seemingly benevolent stance. Earlier this month, Romney’s 2004 comment to Massachusetts mom Julie Goodrich surfaced. Goodrich asked Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts at the time, how she should explain to her daughter why her moms cannot get married. Romney’s response: “I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years?”

Just last week, Romney spoke out against the “redefinition of marriage” at the Value Voters Summit, declaring that as President, he would “protect our culture.” So, which is it? Are same-sex couples in loving, committed relationships? Or are they a looming threat to be “protected” from? The fact that Mitt Romney claims American culture is threatened by LGBT people proves two key points. Not only is Mitt Romney unwilling to protect the civil rights of all Americans, but he does not respect the LGBT community as equal citizens of this country.

The biggest contradiction to his statement is the fact that he has signed NOM’s (National Organization for Marriage) marriage pledge, vowing not only to support DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), but even to pursue a federal marriage amendment that would not only ban marriage equality, but even strip rights from legally married couples. It’s hard to square his statement that he believes individuals should be able to “pursue a relationship of love and respect” when it’s compared to his commitment to enact a federal marriage amendment.

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