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Mitt Romney: The Anti-Cupid?

Author: Kim Bayne
Published: November 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

As an Australian I do not profess to know the ins and outs of the recent election campaigns and I am the first to admit I know very little about the American political landscape in general. Except that as an outsider, Obama seems to be a genuine, upstanding man who is doing his best to conscientiously lead America as best he can in a tough an challenging era. Put simply, I like the guy.

My exposure to the Obama versus Romney campaigns was fairly minimal. I learned most of my information from Twitter and online news sources. However, I recently completed a University assignment that on same sex marriage and during my research came across Mitt Romney's vehement opposition to same sex marriage and frankly rather tyrannical attempt, to rescind the rights that many American’s currently enjoy.

I am quite the incurable romantic and will always champion love in all its forms. The images of loving same sex couples that I came across during my research warmed my heart, more so than the images of man and woman couples. I could see no difference between the love two men or two women felt for each other and the love heterosexual couples conveyed. Love between two human beings should not be restricted along lines of gender. The function of our genders enables us to pro-create, it does not define whom we fall in love with. If it did, homosexuality would possibly not even exist. The fact that it does suggests that defining unions along gender lines is narrow minded and contrary to our individual human instincts.

I was not completely surprised by Romney's position, same sex marriage, despite growing activism and support is a very contentious issue and politicians are loathe to publicly take a stance for fear of dividing constituents. In Australia our Prime Minister is also against same sex marriage and political debate on this issue within the Australian political forum has been shelved for the time being.

What infuriated me about Romney's stance was his intention to rescind rights and laws that same sex American couples had already fought for and won. This one man intended to nullify thousands of marriages in one fell swoop. To take away the right of the States to legislate on same sex marriage, to prevent the people these laws would affect from enacting laws that would best reflect their communities and their values.

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