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Romney’s Flip-Flops: From a Visual Perspective

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

Yesterday, we launched our new Mitt ‘N Match site – where you can interactively learn about Mitt Romney’s myriad of flip-flops on equality issues. Check out the site if you haven’t already, and share it with your family and friends. It’s a fun way to learn some unsettling information.

One of the best ways to get a sense of just how badly Mitt has thrown the LGBT community under the bus over the last decade is to compare where he stood on equality issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and where he stood later in the decade as he sought the support of far-right extremists in his bid to capture the GOP nomination.

Luckily, we have plenty of images to help tell the story.

Like this 1994 Bay Windows headline in which Romney declares he’ll be better for gay rights than Ted Kennedy:

Or this letter he wrote to the Log Cabin Republicans of Massachusetts that same year, in which he called open military service a shared goal and vowed to co-sponsor a federal ENDA:

Compare those to the NOM Pledge Romney has now signed (see below) – in which he has pledged to support a federal marriage amendment, vigorously defend the Defense of Marriage Act, appoint anti-LGBT judges, and even convene a McCarthy-like commission to investigate allegations of harassment against NOM’s shamelessly anti-gay supporters.

It’s clear Mitt has changed his positions many, many times. And it’s clear that – unlike the majority of Americans, who increasingly support equality – Mitt has turned his back on the LGBT community and aligned himself with those who seek to demonize us.

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