A gay former donor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign wants his money back after he decided he just couldn’t stand Romney’s continued devolution on LGBT rights.
For Bill White, the chairman and CEO of consulting firm Constellations Group and former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Romney’s recent commencement address at Liberty University, an evangelical school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where the presumptive Republican candidate trotted out his anti-gay marriage stance for the religious conservative crowd.
White, unhappy with this, wrote to Romney explaining why he was cutting ties, saying:
“I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year,”
“You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer.”
“Several days later this past Saturday to a packed stadium of young college students you made the following statement that ‘Marriage is only between one man and one woman.”
“I believe that you will do as you now say and try to force a constitutional amendment which would attempt to make my own legal and blessed marriage null and void.”
White had donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign.
Commenting to CNN on why, given that Mitt Romney’s stance is not new, he had waited while now to retract his support, White said that President Obama’s affirmation for marriage equality seemed like a chance for Romney to get on the right side of history, but he chose not to do that.
Said White, “Now, I feel like he’s declared war on my marriage. And I could just sit back and not say anything. Or I could do something about it. And I’ve chosen to do something about it.”
This comes after Jan van Lohuizen, a pollster for former president George W. Bush, said in a strategy memo released late last week that Republicans must recognize the fundamental shift America has gone through on supporting LGBT equality whereby he called on them to accept that the GOP cannot continue to pick and choose on issues like equal rights.