Romney reiterates anti-gay marriage stance
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition to marriage equality for same-sex couples this morning while delivering commencement remarks at Liberty University, an anti-gay school that bans attendance by openly LGBT students. Romney made his remarks just days after President Obama announced his historic support for marriage equality.
“The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the preeminence of the family,” Romney said. “As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate. So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”
The ultra-conservative crowd broke into cheers.
A USA Today /Gallup poll released yesterday shows that a majority of Americans – and an even larger majority of independent voters – approve of the President’s position on marriage equality.
“This morning, Mitt Romney spoke out against marriage equality at a school that does not even allow openly LGBT students to enroll,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “It is unbelievable that in this day in age – when a majority of Americans support marriage equality and a majority of Americans explicitly approve of President Obama’s leadership on marriage equality – Mitt Romney instead is taking up the mantle of far-right, anti-gay organizations who seek to demonize LGBT families. Mitt Romney continues to insist he’s against discrimination, but his remarks on marriage equality and the company he keeps paints a very clear and a very disturbing picture of the anti-LGBT forces that are driving Romney’s campaign.”
Among those honored at Liberty’s commencement was S. Truett Cathy, founder of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, which has made significant financial contributions to anti-LGBT organizations. Romney made his remarks hours after Rick Santorum called on the GOP nominee to use marriage equality as a “potent weapon” in his campaign.