Mitt Romney Signs Anti-Gay Pledge
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has signed on to a campaign pledge created by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, the group that seeks to obstruct marriage equality and, in states where gay and lesbian families are legally allowed to wed, to change back the law.
The NOM pledge commits signatories to fight for "a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage, to appoint federal judges who don’t see a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and to back the Defense of Marriage Act" should they be elected to the office of the presidency.
NOM’s pledge also requires signatories to put the existing marriage rights of gay and lesbian families in Washington, D.C., up to a popular vote, in other words, vote to overturn the laws already made in the few states that allow same-sex marriage.
Romney was the governor of Massachusetts when it became the first state to allow same-sex couples to wed, back in 2004. However, he had been very vocal in his opposition to marriage equality and attempted various means of derailing and diluting marriage rights in the state, including dusting off an antiquated, and racist, law from 1913 that had originally been passed as a means of discouraging mixed-race couples from going to Massachusetts to marry.
The pledge created by Mormon church affiliated and funded NOM seems to match closely Mormon Romney’s own views. As the current front-runner among the GOP hopefuls he has already stated he would favour an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would write anti-gay language into the nation’s bedrock law and supersede marriage equality in the six states where gay and lesbian families may currently wed.
On NOM’s webpage, Romney, along with other signatories, Bachmann and Santorum, are hailed by the anti-gay group’s president as "Three marriage champions," with Brian Brown quoted in an Aug, 4 posting as saying that the three contenders stood "head and shoulders above the crowd... for their willingness to go beyond words to commit to concrete actions."
The future for gays under a Republican administration looks very bleak indeed, as equality may take a massive step back.