Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has decided his best bet heading into the 2012 general election is to provide a stark contrast between himself and President Barack Obama. If Obama is going to be for everyone having health care, Romney will be against it, despite proposing it himself while governor in Massachusetts. If Obama believe the rich should pay more in taxes, Romney says they should pay less, because then they will have more money to spend, creating more jobs.
So it shouldn’t be surprising that now that Obama has come out unequivocally in support of allowing two partners of the same sex to legally married, Romney opposes the idea firmly. In fact, he is so against it, he thinks it should be taken off the table as a potential fundraising issue, too. After all, marriage is too “sensitive” an issue to turn into a money-maker.
According to The Hill, Romney stated in an interview on Fox News, “You know, I don’t think the matter of marriage is really a fundraising matter either for the president — it’s certainly not for me. I don’t know what our figures look like…I hope the issue as tender and sensitive that the marriage issue is not a source of fundraising for either of us… I know for many people the issue of marriage is going to be a defining issue and they’ll make their decision on that basis, that’s their right, but you don’t change your positions trying to win states or certain subgroups of Americans, you have the positions you have.”
But could part of Romney’s avoidance of the issue be that his own position is a little unclear? After all, Romney believes that gay couples should be allowed to adopt, despite their inability to get married. The Washington Post reports him saying, ““[I]f two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, even want to adopt a child — in my state, individuals of the same sex are able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something which people have the right to do, but to call that marriage is, in my view, a departure from the real meaning of the word.”
It’s a confusing position. Marriage should be reserved for heterosexual couples, but anyone couple should be allowed to raise a child, regardless of their sexual orientation, even if that means the parents’ relationship isn’t legally protected? And this is considered supporting family values?
How confusing. No wonder he says you shouldn’t fundraise on it.
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