On 29 October, Candorville ran a strip implying that Mitt Romney changes his position more times than most men change their underwear. It is not surprising that Romney’s positions on LGBT rights have changed repeatedly since the days when he tried to become Senator Romney while running against Senator Ted Kennedy. This past May, Romney told FOX News that “I know many gay couples are able to adopt children. That is fine. But my preference is we encourage the marriage of a man and a woman and we continue to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.”
Well, back in 2005, Mitt Romney attacked same-sex couples seeking parental rights. While governor, Romney is known to have prevented a state agency from creating new birth certificate forms to allow same-sex couples to have co-parental rights. Regarding the agency’s plan for the new forms, Romney “insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents,. Only after winning approval from Romney’s lawyers could hospital officials and town clerks across the state be permitted to cross out by hand the word ‘father’ on individual birth certificates, and then write in ‘second parent,’ in ink.”
Back in 2005, Romney’s meanspirited actions became part of this campaigning. He boasted that “We’ve been asked to change their birth certificates to remove the phrase ‘mother and father’ and replace it with ‘parent A and parent B. It’s not right on paper, it’s not right in fact. Every child has the right to have a mother and a father.”
Back in 2004, he testified before the Senate saying:
The children of america have the right to have a mother and a father. Of course today, circumstances can take a parent from the home. But the child still has a mother and a father. If the parents are unmarried or divorced, the child can visit each of them. If a mother or a a father is deceased, the child can learn about the qualities of their departed parent. His or her psychological development can still be influenced by the contrasting features of both genders. Are we ready to usher in a society indifferent about having mothers and fathers? Will our children be indifferent about having a mother and a father?
Mitt Romney has been slammed several times for the appearance of being a bully. While Romney has been devolving on the issue of same-sex couple’s rights, President Barack Obama voiced his support for ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington that would legalize same-sex marriage. Paul Bell, Obama’s campaign press secretary in Washington State, said “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the president supports a vote to approve Referendum 74.”
In Maryland and Washington state, the referenda are designed to protect laws already on the books granting marriage equality to same-sex couples. In Maine, the attempt is to legalize same-sex marriage through the ballot box.