Mitt Romney on same-sex marriage: Yes and no
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Mitt Romney on same-sex marriage: Yes and no

Washington : DC : USA | May 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM PDT
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Romney vs Gay Vietnam Vet on Same-sex Marriage

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a perplexing position on same-sex marriage.

Romney says he supports the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children. He also claims he is against same-sex marriage, but is “fine” with marriage equality.

If that has you confused as to what Romney really believes about the gay and lesbian community, you are not alone.

If Romney believes marriage should only be between a man and a women for a properly structured family, how then can he also support gay and lesbian households also raising adopted children together? Furthermore, if he favors traditional family values, he is saying that he approves of unmarried couples having children?

Romney said, “I believe that my record as a person who has supported civil rights is strong and powerful. At the same time, I believe that marriage has been defined the same way for literally thousands of years by virtually every civilization in history, and that marriage is literally, by its definition, a relationship between a man and a woman. 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,” according to the National Journal.

It sounds like Romney is trying to be all things to all people, without actually admitting what he really believes in. On one hand, he does not want to alienate gay and lesbian voters. On the other, he wants to show the Republican Party that he is a real conservative.

If you look at Romney’s actual accomplishments as Governor of Massachusetts, healthcare reform and civil rights do seem to be issues he has taken rather liberal positions on. In fact, Romney might really be a "closet" moderate.

American voters night no see moderate views from Mitt Romney as a negative. However, they certainly see flip-flopping and vagueness as a form of insincerity.

“Half of adults say Obama is the stronger leader, while 39 percent choose Romney; Obama is more trusted to handle taxes and social issues, and to protect the country,” according to a recent AP-GfK poll.

More than 51% of adults say Obama says what he believes, while only 31% think Romney’s words are authentic.

Therefore, if trust turns out to be a deciding factor in the 2012 presidential election, President Obama will win in a landslide. And there is a good chance that many of those votes will come from members of the LGBT community.

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