Romney’s meandering voyage on gay rights

Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress reports on a new book by two Boston Globe reporters that looks at, among other things, Mitt Romney’s all over the map positions on gay rights.

Still, from the very beginning there were signs that the embrace of gay equality represented a calculated attempt to win over votes in a moderate to liberal state, rather than a principled belief in civil rights. Several 1994 accounts published in the Boston Globe reported that just before launching his senate run, Romney told an audience of Mormon Church members that homosexuality was “perverse” and “reprehensible.” In 2002, his wife Ann and son Tagg “alarmed Romney’s gay supporters” by endorsing a state constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman and “withheld domestic-partner benefits such as bereavement leave and health care coverage from the gay and lesbian partners of public employees.” Romney “quickly distanced himself from his family’s decision, saying he did not support the proposed ban” and the measure ultimately died.

As he prepared to make a run for national office, those initial seeds of doubts blossomed into a public repudiation of the cause for equality.

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