The day after President Obama endorsed gay marriage, Mitt Romney found himself responding to allegations that as a teenager he harassed a prep school classmate who later came out as gay. The account put Mr. Romney, the son of an automobile executive-turned-governor, attended in Michigan. Romney returned from spring break in his senior year to find that John Lauber, a quiet, offbeat type, had bleached his hair blond. Romney, brandishing a pair of scissors, led other boys on a hunt for Mr. Lauber, teasing him and holding him down while Mr.
Five questions for Mitt Romney on LGBT rights
6 Questions for Mitt Romney on Gay and Transgender Equality - Center for American Progress Action
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Romney's Views On Gay Marriage: Also Evolving?
Click here to visit:. He supports Federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against homosexuals but opposes legalizing gay marriages. At the same time, I believe that marriage should be reserved for a relationship between one man and one woman. Some people may have observed separate statements or actions on these two points and misunderstood his platform such as hearing quotes of him stating gays should be treated fairly and thinking he is or was for gay-marriage.
Romney, now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, faced one of the biggest challenges of his four years in office. His response would alienate constituencies on both sides and contribute to criticisms that he shifted positions for political gain, a charge renewed in his two bids for the White House. Romney had vowed while running in Massachusetts to defend and expand the rights of gays and lesbians, although he opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions. When the court ruled, he initially promised to follow its decision, while also seeking a state constitutional amendment to overturn it.