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Sunday, December 10, 2006

So What Did Romney Say Exactly?

A great deal is being made of the hypocrisy of Gov. Mitt Romney, as he asks the SJC to rule that the people of Massachusetts must be allowed to vote on the definition of marriage in the Commonsealth, and a 1994 letter sent to the GOP organization of gays, the Log Cabin Republicans. Claims, and excerpts, are being tossed about to prove a Romney flip-flop.

Porcupine thinks people should make up their own minds, and posts a copy of the entire letter
HERE. In reading it, Porcupine does not see an inherent conflict in the Governor saying that he supports equal rights in the courts, for military service, and in housing, and still opposing gay marriage.

There is a difference between nuance and hypocrisy. Bless the Internet so people can access the source of 'comments' and decide for themselves.


Blogger Ryan Adams said...

While, constitutionally, the legislature should probably give the amendment an 'up or down vote,' Romney's suit is just as wrong when it comes to the process. The Supreme Judicial Court has no authority to force the State Leg to either vote or just push forward the amendment - and Mitt Romney was wrong to ask them to do it.

4:46 PM  
Blogger John Hosty said...

Dear Peter,

Although I am a far left liberal, and you are a staunch conservative, I value your wisdom. I genuinely don't understand how you can read the same things I do in Romney's letter and arrive at your opinion, so I have come to you for clarification. Romney states that he is going to champion gay equality better than Ted Kennedy. I think that statement alone coupled with the realization that he has done no such thing brings this debate out of the realm of nuance. In fact Romney has chosen his words carefully lately when speaking to different groups to elicit the response he desires. When speaking to the GLBT he uses the word "gay" to refer to us. However, when he is in front of those who object to gay equality he uses the word "homosexual" to describe us. Is this just another case of "tar baby", where he is using a term he does not realize we find derogatory? I suspect not, yet my proof is lacking.

I posted a harsh criticism of Gov. Romney on my site that lists a litany on things he has said in the past that suggests he has changed his position. Believe it or not, most of the information is from MassResistance.com, one of the biggest opponents of gay marriage.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

I apologize for the temporary shutdown of comments - somebody decided it would be witty to comment spam me, and I had to shut it down. I am hoping the problem will be corrected now, as I have no interest in hot porn or bootleg movies.

9:13 PM  
Blogger John Hosty said...

It's a pitty people do such things. I think we all have had to do the same from time to time.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Thomas Alan said...

John Hosty:

Gov. Romney's comments on being a more effective advocate than Sen. Kennedy stems from his belief that Kennedy is so far out of the mainstream, he no longer has any pull on the issue. Here's a quote from Romney during the same time period.

"When Ted Kennedy speaks on gay rights, he’s seen as an extremist. When Mitt Romney speaks on gay rights he’s seen as a centrist and a moderate. It’s a little like if Eugene McCarthy was arguing in favor of recognizing China, people would have called him a nut. But when Richard Nixon does it, it becomes reasonable. When Ted says it, it’s extreme; when I say it, it’s mainstream.

As for your complaining about the use of homosexual, this is a new rule as far as I'm aware.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are such a conservative, when will you join David Driscoll's call (12/15/06 Globe) call for abolition the MCAS as a graduationrequirement?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

I was not aware being a conservative meant that you must concur with every petty functionary (I freely admit I haven't read this Glob piece, either).

If Commr. Driscoll said it, he is mistaken, and must be looking for new work in a different political landscape.

1:47 PM  

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