Romney’s Version of “Dignity and Respect” for Gays: “I Didn’t Know You Had Families … I Don’t Really Care What You Tell Your Adopted Daughter.”
“R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, believes language approved Monday by a subcommittee of the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) platform-drafting committee calling for equal respect for all Americans would include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
“‘We embrace the principle that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect,’ the passage states.
“Cooper told BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner that inclusion in the final platform would be a nod for the rights of gay people. …
— “GOP Platform To Respect Dignity Of Gay Americans?”
On Top Magazine, August 20, 2012
“David Wilson and Julie Goodridge, two of the plaintiffs whose case led to the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts, described meeting with Romney to discuss their experiences. According to Wilson, ‘it was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling.’ At one point, Romney remarked, ‘I didn’t know you had families.’ Goodridge recalls her final exchange with the governor, which proved to her that he had ‘no capacity for empathy’:
GOODRIDGE: Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?
ROMNEY: I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.
“Romney described the meeting to the press as ‘pleasant,’ as Goodridge cried.”
— Zack Ford, citing Boston.com
“Romney’s Insensitivity To LGBT People: ‘I Didn’t Know You Had Families’”
ThinkProgress, September 11, 2012
“That comment rings eerily similar to an offensive remark Romney would make several years later in South Carolina, when he was decrying marriage equality in his state to a crowd and remarked that, ‘Some are actually having children born to them.’”
— “Romney’s Shockingly Cold Rejection of LGBT Families”
Human Rights Campaign, September 11, 2012
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