Yesterday, we learned that presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a known bully in high school, especially fond of targeting students perceived as gay. But after all, everyone was a jerk when they were teens, right? It doesn’t really mean anything. And even his tepid “I’m sorry if I went too far” apology doesn’t signify that Romney saw his actions as acceptable.
But the fact that as an adult, as governor, Romney ended a commission that was to address the issue of anti-GLBT bullying? That’s a bit more disconcerting.
Think Progress reports, “As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney refused to fund the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, ultimately abolishing it. The group was created in 1992 to address alarmingly high rates of bullying and suicide among gay and lesbian teens. In 2005, Romney vetoed a $100,000 increase in the commission’s budget, a decision overturned by the legislature.”
It’s one thing to “tease” and “prank” fellow classmates nearly 50 years ago. But the much more recent abolishing and defunding of a group meant to assist teens who are so brutally bullied that they are killing themselves? That can’t be brushed off as “boys will be boys.”
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