Mitt Romney has a thing (one) he has stood firm on, and that is that he is against gay marriage. Sure, there was a time as governor of Massachusetts when he managed to be on both sides of the issue simultaneously, both directing his administration to comply with state judges’ “Goodridge” ruling allowing gays to marry while at the very same time working to get backing for an amendment to repeal it. (While he’d run for Senate saying he would be better for gay rights than Ted Kennedy, he also almost managed to abolish an anti-bullying commission for the state’s students, because he thought their pride parade was tacky. This excellent LA Times story has the head-scratching tick-tock.) But he has always said ick, nast to gay marriage while saying gays had a right to adopt. (So just not to have a legal, stable family framework for the children they raise.) That avowal, last espoused on Thursday, was operative for what might be a Romney Consistency Record: almost a full day!
Take it away, National Journal!
He said on Thursday: “And if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child — in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something that people have a right to do. But to call that ‘marriage’ is something that, in my view, is a departure from the real meaning of that word.”
Was that the very same interview where he said, “You don’t change your positions to try and win the states or certain subgroups of Americans, you have the positions you have“? In fact, it was!
We have all read the aforegoing paragraphs, and are all clear? Great! Tell us, Gov. Firm Stance, how did you feel on Friday?
“Well, actually I think all states but one allow gay adoption, so that’s a position which has been decided by most of the state legislatures, including the one in my state some time ago. So I simply acknowledge the fact that gay adoption is legal in all states but one.”
Well, sure, except for the whole host of states where “cohabiting” couples are automatically precluded from adopting (although single gays may) and you know in all those states judges are just rushing to let a single gay man adopt, for instance, a little boy and aren’t being weird about it AT ALL.
Anyway, Mitt Romney isn’t FOR gay adoption, and doesn’t think it is a RIGHT, he was just recognizing reality, dudes! Maybe you all could try doing the same!