Friday, May 25, 2007

Romney's Change of Heart?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is perhaps best known on the campaign trail as the so-called social conservative whose position on Constitutional amendments to ban marriage for same-sex couples has evolved. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued it's landmark Goodridge decision during the Romney administration and he failed to stop marriage for same-sex couples in the Commonwealth despite his desperate -- and repeated -- efforts.

He remains an unapologetic opponent of marriage for same-sex couples as he seeks to become the first Mormon in the White House. Romney, however, continues to maintain he is not anti-gay as he told the Associated Press in a brief interview following a campaign appearance in Jacksonville, Florida. He told the news wire he doesn't think "a person who's running for a secular position as I am should talk about or engage in discussions of what they in their personal faith or their personal beliefs is immoral or not immoral" in the context of a question about whether he thought homosexuality is immoral. Romney further added he "opposes discrimination against gay people" and said categorically "I am not anti-gay." Really? The former governor had no problem with his campaign's calculated efforts to court potential gay and lesbian voters in Massachusetts during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. He now has no problem to call for the curtailment of their rights five years later as he seeks the White House. These responses are simply more of the same from a former governor who continues to flip-flop on his own record to the expense of his own credibility.

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