Well, the folks at BuzzFeed may twist Jeb Bush’s words to mean something quite different from the actual meaning of the former Florida governor’s actual comments, they do report a story which counters the narrative of anti-gay Mormons:
Marriott International, the hotel mega-chain that once counted Mitt Romney as a corporate board member — and whose owner is among the candidate’s top donors — has launched an agressive marketing campaign targeting gay and lesbian travelers.
The campaign, titled “Be You, With Us,” is promoted on the company’s website with photos of smiling same-sex couples and a guide to gay pride festivals throughout the country. It offers special deals for gay couples, as well as a sweepstakes that will award grand prize winners a trip to the 2013 gay pride events in either New York, San Francisco, or Berlin. On Marriott’s web page advertising the campaign, there’s a section devoted to wedding accommodations for gay couples.
And from the hotel chain’s web-page, we learn that J.W. Marriott, Jr., the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., is “is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints.”
Once again, we see that support for Mitt Romney and outreach to gay Americans are not mutually exclusive — and we see the private sector leading the way — and doing so without a government directive.