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Mitt Romney on Gay and Lesbian Issues

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Mitt Romney on Gay and Lesbian Issues

Mitt Romney

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About Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan) considers himself the strongest conservative candidate for the Republican nomination, which is ironic seeming twelve years ago during his run for Senate, he boasted that he would be more effective in fighting discrimination against gay men and lesbians than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). As Governor of Massachusetts (from 2003 - 2007), Romney opposed the State's successful legalization of gay marriage.

Mitt Romney suspended his campaign on February 7, 2008.

Mitt Romney on Gay Marriage:

Mitt Romney opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions, even though Massachusetts, where he served as governor, legalized gay marriage. When asked if there was a difference between gay marriage and civil unions, Romney responded, "I would rather have neither, to tell you the truth. I'd rather [have] domestic partner benefits, such as hospital - hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples. I don't want civil unions or gay marriage."

Mitt Romney on Gay Adoption:

Romney believes every child should have both a mother and father. In 2006, Romney filed a bill allowing the Catholic Charities in Massachusetts to exclude same-sex couples from its adoption policies.

Mitt Romney on Gays in the Military:

In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, he said he was in favor of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military. Romney now believes "don't ask, don't tell" should remain intact.

Mitt Romney on Employment Non-Discrimination:

Romney does not support federal anti-discrimination legislation, even though he favored such legislation during his 1994 Senate run.

Mitt Romney on Federal Hate Crime Legislation:

Mitt Romney does not support LGBT inclusion in hate crime legislation.

Mitt Romney on HIV/AIDS:

Romney issued the following statement on World AIDS Day 2007: "To strengthen our fight against HIV/AIDS and bring hope to those afflicted with this disease, we need strong executive leadership that can build on President Bush's groundbreaking efforts."

Note: President Bush has been heavily criticized for his decreases in domestic HIV/AIDS funding.
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