Asked If Homosexuality Is A Sin, Mitt Romney Responds, ‘Nice Try’
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a veritable library of flip-flops. As such, it is not his positions but the fact that he has reversed on so many that is quickly defining his campaign. Last night on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, host Piers Morgan directly confronted Romney about a series of policy positions that he has slip-and-slided on over the years. First up, abortion. As Matt Yglesias noted this morning, despite a passionate pro-choice defense in 2002, Romney again asserted that he is now staunchly pro-life and defended his flip-flop by noting Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush flipped as well.
Next up, gay rights. Despite promising to be better on LGBT rights than Ted Kennedy, Romney’s LGBT record is questionable. When asked about his general position last night, Romney declared himself to be “in favor of gay rights” except when it comes to gay marriage. Romney conceded that “I read now and then that I’ve changed my mind on gay rights” but added that “it’s simply not true. I am in favor of gay rights, but I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.” When Morgan pointed out that it seems Romney is thus in favor of some gay rights (like employment non-discrimination) “but not all.” Romney said that his position has always remained the same and it is the LGBT community that changed its position on “what they wanted”:
MORGAN: When you say — if you don’t mind me saying — when you say I’m in favor of gay rights, you’re not. You’re in favor of some, but not all.
ROMNEY: What happened was that the –
MORGAN: Am I right?
ROMNEY: — the gay community — the gay community changed their perspective as to what they wanted. When I ran for governor, one of the big issues was marriage, gay marriage. My opponent said she’d sign a bill in favor of gay marriage. I said I would not, that I oppose same-sex marriage. At the same time, I would advance the — the, if you will, the efforts not to discriminate against people who are gay.
Setting aside Romney’s bizarre blame of the LGBT community for his own inconsistency, Morgan then asked whether Romney’s religion was at the core of his anti-gay marriage stance.
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