Gay Vet Quizzes Romney on Marriage


During a campaign event in New Hampshire this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney got a little bit more than he perhaps bargained for when he took a question from a Vietnam veteran and found himself quizzed on his stance on gay marriage.

The incident, at Chez Vachon diner in Manchester, saw cap-wearing veteran Bob Garon ask Romney about whether he supports a Republican-led effort to repeal same-sex marriage in the state.

Romney stuck to the script and reiterated his stance that marriage “is between a man and a woman,” adding, “that’s my view.”

Sixty-three year-old Garon, who it turns out was sat there with his husband whom he married in June of this year, wasn’t about to let that pass, pressing, “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”

Romeny again repeated his “marriage is between a man and a woman” stance.

Garon balked “It’s good to know how you feel. That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”

Romney replied to this, “No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

One of Romeny’s aides then interrupted the discussion.

“Oh, I guess the question was too hot,” Garon quipped.

Romney, refuted this: “No, I gave you the answer, you said you had a yes or no answer and I gave you the answer.”

Garon thanked Romney and then said, “New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer. And you know what Governor? Good luck.”

During a subsequent interview Garon added, “I went and fought for my country and I think my spouse should be entitled to the same [benefits as they would] if I were married to a woman. What the hell is the difference?”

Watch Garon’s full encounter with Romney below (video courtesy of TIME):

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Lee Witton
4 years ago

Interesting that the video has been made inaccessible (exchange between Garon and Romney).

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

Well said, Jane and Frances!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

Does Romney happen to be a Mormon? If so, he might have several wives, at least according to his religion...

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Jane B., Michael M.: You're SO good!

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

The Grinch said; Marriage should be between a man and a woman. Did he mean between one man and one woman, and that man and another woman, and that man and another woman? So much for family values. Do we want a first lady who was sexing with newt when he was married to another woman? Ironic that the newest Mrs Gingrich was turning Newt into a Catholic while she was cheating with him. This is all so confusing..not the family values in my family.

Democrats don't really have to bring this out. The Repuplicans are turning on him brutally as I am watching on TV. Well, at least the poor children don't have to worry about being made into janitors.

Just heard the latest statistic on marriage. Seems as though the marriage rate is way down. The only people who really want to get married now are the gays.

Christopher C.
Chris C.4 years ago

Also Douglas M: Mathew 10:15 Jesus was referring to the lack of welcome as the sin in Sodom. "This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."

Christopher C.
Chris C.4 years ago

@ Douglas M...better read MORE and read Leviticus again: If you read all of 18:1 through 19:29 you'd understand that Lot, Abrahams nephew and an outsider (alien) to the citizens of Sodom. Additionally the phrase uttered by the men of Sodom, "Bring them out to us, so that we may know them" does not have to be interpreted in a sexual manner (like so many so-called christian pure minds always seem to travel in that direction). The mis-interpretation of it is to think of it as a gang-rape. But it was actually part of the towns people to find out who these strangers are that are staying at the house of a resident alien. By reading 18:1, one can compare & contrast the hospitality offered to the strangers by Abraham and Lot to that of citizens of Sodom. This lack of welcome seems to be Jesus understanding of the sin of Sodom as indicated in Matthew 10:14-15, Ezekiel 16:49 refers to the Sin of Sodom: "This was the guilt of your sister Sodom; she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy". There is nothing in the story of Sodom that justifies condemnation of homosexuality. There is much in the story that suggests strangers be welcomed , given hospitality. How ironic that this story is used to condemn and be "inhospitable" to lesbians and gay men, the "strangers" among us. Those who really commit the sin of sodom are those who do not welcome the different ones, the strangers among us.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

Mormons have EXACTLY the same "beliefs" as Muslims, they are gay haters and harem lovers.
Both practice marriages of multiple underage girls, it's an integral part of both religions, I'm sorry, I mean CULTS.

Michael M.
Michael M.4 years ago

Keep your phony religious views to yourself. What part of the 1st Amendment do you fools do not understand?

It basically states you have the right to be an ignorant fool with your religion and you do NOT have the right to shove your crap unto others... I speaking to you Douglas M and others who want to change our country to an intolerant and bigoted religious state like Saudi Arabia.

Christopher C.
Chris C.4 years ago

Read: How To Explain Gay Rights to an Idiot: