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Romney (wisely) sidesteps gay marriage issue

Since talking about” gay marriage “in the heat of the primaries,” write Maggie Haberman and Emily Schultheis in Politico

. . . [presumptive Republican nominee Mitt] Romney has largely steered clear of it. He referenced defending traditional marriage in his recent NAACP speech, to the delight of social conservatives with whom he met in Denver last week, but it’s not a frequent talking point.

When Romney does bring up marriage, he merely references his support for the institution as it has long been defined between two individuals of different sexes.  He doesn’t dwell on the topic.  Even in his speech at the socially conservative Liberty University, he only briefly referenced traditional marriage, then moved on.

The Politico writers contend that

. . . the comparative quiet from party leaders would have been unimaginable even four years ago, when public opinion hadn’t yet shifted so rapidly on a signature social issue. And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.

Actually, if they checked the record that Republicans largely steered clear of the issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.  Even in 2004, they never made it “a frequent talking point”.  Then-President George W. Bush, running for reelection, briefly indicated his support for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage and then moved on.

I have long argued, to borrow the title of the Politico piece that Republicans should steer clear of gay issues.  It does seem that Romney is determined to do just that, keeping the focus on economic issues which unite the party and which are of the greatest concern to the better part of the undecided voters.



  1. The libs would far, far rather play gotcha and divide over “social justice” issues in which they control the narrative than face up to the critical issues which are destroying our country and standard of living.

    Gay marriage is somewhere behind banning 16 oz sodas in NYC on my list of critical issues confronting the survival of the USA.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm - August 6, 2012

  2. Romney’s silence isn’t because he wants his campaign to be about other issues, it’s because he’s secretly plotting gay death camps.

    I was trying to parody the Gay Left, there. After typing it, I’ve had a moment of fright to think that I’ve seen real comments almost like that.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 6, 2012 @ 12:52 pm - August 6, 2012

  3. The TEA party arose from fiscal concerns not social issues. Romney is reaching out for that TEA energy by concentrating on our dire fiscal straits. He can easily jump start the economy with repeal of Obamacare coupled with tort reform and other reforms of our health care systems that essentially cost the Feds nothing. Ditto with Keystone and opening up drilling after Obama’s permitorium. This will accomplish several things immediately: JOBS, reduce foreign energy dependence plus royalties and fees could skyrocket helping replenish federal coffers or my preferred use, pay down on the deficit… All of that could be done rather quickly and then start slashing any unnecessary federal spending, example the GSA. If he can do for our government what he did for the Olympic budget then we will save this country for everyone including Dems…

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — August 6, 2012 @ 1:17 pm - August 6, 2012

  4. And no more cowboy poetry subsidies!

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — August 6, 2012 @ 1:18 pm - August 6, 2012

  5. For all their complaining that “the right is using government to impose their Christian values on us”, the left is doing exactly that with the ever-changing secular values that they created. They are quite literally trying to regulate the American culture.

    The American Revolution abolished the practice of government supporting different economic classes. There were no more Lords and Serfs in the new American colonies. Not much later, Democrats decided; “hey lets re-shape the American culture by assigning different identities to different classes, then we’ll apply a totally different set of rules to each class”. They effectively reinstalled the caste system that was won at great cost to the new nation.

    There are multiple examples; Master/Slave, Rich/Poor, Union/Non-union. And they always result in a form of tyranny. They result in the rule of class-over-class. Why exactly is a “fair share” not also an ‘equal share’?

    While multiculturalism promises to “promote diversity”, it oppresses what makes each individual different from every other. (The smallest minority on earth is the individual.)

    Comment by gastorgrab — August 6, 2012 @ 2:34 pm - August 6, 2012

  6. I’m not sure I think its’ wise to sidestep an issue of 1st amendment and religious freedom.

    The Politico article you refer to shows a member of GOProud who actively supports a 3rd party candidate against Romney. He has no credibility

    Comment by Kyle — August 6, 2012 @ 3:39 pm - August 6, 2012

  7. Of the ten most-serious existential threats to the Republic and the survival of the American middle-class’ bourgeois economy, SSM just doesn’t make the list. It’s just not worth it, it’s not a underwater-rock that justifies wrecking the GOP’s ship-of-state on. Nor is it an iceberg. To continue the nautical theme; it’s a crab-pot float that threatens to wrap it’s line around the propellers if not steered clear-of. It’s not Ahab’s whale…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 6, 2012 @ 4:31 pm - August 6, 2012

  8. It is a 1st Amendment issue as well as a direct challenge to the social activism of the APAs/ABA. Everyone knows Romney’s past history.

    Gay ‘marriage’ not a right, prohibiting gay adoption not ‘discrimination’: European Court of Human Rights (REJECTION OF THE SOCIAL ACTIVISM OF THE APAs/ABA AND THE SWEDISH MODEL IN THE INTEREST OF CHILDREN)

    Russians overwhelmingly endorse ‘gay propaganda’ ban

    From the Republican Party…………………..

    Republicans Quietly Retreat on Gay Marriage

    From the Obama administration………………..

    Obama says in the memo:
    “I declared before heads of state gathered at the United Nations, ‘no country should deny people their rights because of who they love’ . . . Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action . . . as we in the United States bring our tools to bear to vigorously advance this goal.”

    Comment by rjligier — August 6, 2012 @ 6:36 pm - August 6, 2012

    Why Romney didn’t appreciate Chick-fil-A
    Exclusive: Alan Keyes refuses to ‘cast vote across God-forbidden gap’

    Comment by rjligier — August 10, 2012 @ 4:00 am - August 10, 2012

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