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Romney’s Flip-Flops on Marriage Equality in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney flip flopsPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We laid out Mitt’s many varying positions on marriage equality (and other LGBT issues) on our Mitt n Match site, and the LA Times came out this weekend with an in-depth piece tracking Romney’s changing positions during the Massachusetts marriage equality battle nearly 10 years ago.

At the time, Romney was against marriage equality and civil unions – but also rejected calls for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Then, Romney was for civil unions. Then he was, again, not for civil unions. And he suddenly supported a constitutional amendment discriminating against committed, loving same-sex couples.

Over the course of the 2012 presidential campaign, Romney has said that he supports a federal marriage amendment, but that he’s not sure it’s politically feasible. However, he’s also signed NOM’s pledge which would require him to aggressively pursue a marriage amendment and support the Defense of Marriage Act.

Confused? You should be – with the number of times Romney has contradicted himself and changed positions, it’s hard to know where exactly he stands on any given issue at a particular moment. Like his campaign spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom proudly touted, Romney’s political philosophy is essentially akin to an Etch a Sketch.

Learn more about Mitt’s flip-flops and Etch a Sketch moments on our Mitt n Match site.

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