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March 5, 2013

Even as other Republicans evolve on the issue, Romney remains firm

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is making clear that his opposition to gay marriage is not a position he took simply to secure votes from the hard right wing of his party.

With his loss to President Barack Obama four months behind him, Romney has reiterated his anti-gay marriage stance.

October 30, 2012

Republican presidential nominee: ‘It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact'

Days after The Boston Globe obtained state records detailing Mitt Romney's aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents in Massachusetts, video of the presidential candidate decrying gay adoption has surfaced.

October 26, 2012

'Some gays are actually having children born to them. It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact'

When he was the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney fought a plan to have birth certificate forms revised for babies born to same-sex couples.

The Boston Globe has obtained state records which reveal the Republican presidential nominee's aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents.

October 26, 2012

'I'm so tired of knowing I have friends on here who will vote for someone who will keep

Actor Max Von Essen, currently starring on Broadway in the musical Evita, is sharing a letter he wrote to a Facebook friend planning to vote for Mitt Romney for president of the US.

The 38-year-old actor, who is openly gay, details the reasons why he does not want Romney and running mate Paul Ryan to be elected on 6 November.

October 23, 2012

'We agree with Governor Romney's vision for America'

Saying they agree with his 'vision for America,' the Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday (23 October) endorsed Mitt Romney for president even though that vision doesn't include gay marriage.

'The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,' executive director R. Clarke Cooper said in a statement. Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today's economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority.'

October 21, 2012

Mitt Romney’s presidential election campaign has hardened its stance on same-sex marriage just days after a spokeswoman said he didn’t support banning it in the US Constitution

The presidential campaign of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has backtracked just days after a key spokesperson denied that he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Following his second presidential debate with Barack Obama, Romney campaign spokeswoman Bay Buchanan claimed that, if elected, Romney would be prepared to allow US states to decide the issue for themselves despite his opposition on the issue.

October 3, 2012

'A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage'

With the elections just over a month away, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is reiterating his and running mate Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage.

Speaking to the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, Ryan says:'First of all, Mitt Romney and I - I’ll just say it, it’s worth repeating - we believe marriage is between one man and one woman.'

September 20, 2012

Republican presidential candidate: 'Marriage for me continues to be between a man and a woman'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reiterated his stance against gay marriage this week - even if it was a grandchild of his wanting to marry someone of the same sex.

Romney was asked about gay marriage at a Meet the Candidate event in Coral Gables, Florida, and how he would feel if one of his five sons or grandchildren were gay and wanted to be wed.

Romney promptly reminded the audience that his sons are heterosexual: 'Well, all my children are married, so I'd be very surprised.'

September 18, 2012

Says beleagured Republican presidential nominee's comments 'an attack on the moral character' of many Americans

It's clear that Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, is no fan of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who he has previously referred to as 'myth Romney.'

Now a secretly recorded video which surfaced late Monday (17 September) in which Romney describes nearly half the US electorate as 'dependent on government' because they don't pay federal income taxes has Frank blasting Romney with renewed vigor.

September 11, 2012

Republican presidential nominee said: 'I didn’t know you had families'

David Wilson and Julie Goodridge, two of the plaintiffs whose case led to the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts, have spoken to Boston Spirit magazine about a chilly 20 minute meeting with then-Governor Mitt Romney in 2004.

They were part of a group who were trying to get Romney to follow that state’s supreme court ruling and allow same-sex couples to get married.

September 1, 2012

Billionaire Republican campaign donor David Koch opposes his party’s stance against allowing same-sex couples to marry

August 29, 2012

Before primetime cameras start rolling, Republicans approve platform with strong anti-same sex marriage

Before Ann Romney went primetime to explain why her husband deserved to be president of the US,  the Republicans had some business to do. It was nothing spectacular. When Democrats meet next week, they will do the same. Yesterday afternoon, the Grand Old Party (GOP) approved its party platform.

August 12, 2012

After Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his vice president nominee, the Democrats have been quick to point out the conservative economist's faults

The Obama campaign has blasted Republican vice-president nominee Paul Ryan for his gay rights record.

When US president nominee Mitt Romney accidentally introduced Wisconsin representative Ryan as ‘the next president of the United States’ yesterday (11 August), the Democratic campaign were quick to criticize the social and economic conservative.

‘Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,’ said Romney. ‘I did not make a mistake with this guy.’

August 11, 2012

Gay Republicans hail Rep. Paul Ryan's place on the Romney ticket

The two major gay Republican organizations are ecstatic over the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate.

'Congressman Paul Ryan is a strong choice for vice president, and his addition to the GOP ticket will help Republican candidates up and down the ballot,' said R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, in a press release.

August 11, 2012

With a long record of voting against gay rights, the social and economic conservative is likely to appeal to staunch right-wingers

US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has named Paul Ryan, who has voted frequently against gay rights, as his running mate.

As Ryan is seen as a social and economic conservative, it is expected he will appeal to staunch Republicans.

Like Romney, Ryan has a long record of voting against gay and human rights.

The Wisconsin politician, like Romney, has voted against marriage equality and adoption by same-sex couples.

In 2004, he voted for amending the US constitution to federally ban same-sex marriage.

August 10, 2012

A gay man pleads with his father to not vote for Mitt Romney, saying a vote for the Republican is a vote against his son

A heartfelt letter from a gay man begging his Republican father to not vote for US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has gone viral.

Posted on Reddit yesterday (9 August), the author Francophile44 pleads with his father to not vote Republican because of Romney’s conservative stance on gay rights and marriage equality.

He says: ‘Since coming out to you and mom 19 years ago, I’ve watched you vote for the Republican candidates in every major race.

July 11, 2012

Log Cabin Republicans call his words 'a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry'

Mitt Romney initially seemed to be speaking out in favor of LGBT equality during a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention today (11 July) but in the same speech, vowed to 'defend traditional marriage.'

June 20, 2012

GOProud supports Republican despite his stance against gay marriage

More unhappy with Barack Obama's handling of the US economy than Mitt Romney's opposition to marriage equality, the conservative gay group GOProud has endorsed the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

The group describes itself as a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights.

May 12, 2012

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network says Romney's apology for prep school bullying is inadequate, starts letter-writing campaign

As President Barack Obama basked in the glow of supporters thrilled with his endorsement of gay marriage this week, his presumed opponent in next fall's presidential election has been dealing with reports that he was an anti-gay prep school bully.

May 9, 2012

But presumptive Republican presidential nominee says domestic partnership benefits and hospital visitation rights are 'appropriate'

A day after voters in North Carolina approved a ban on gay marriage and civil unions, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reaffirmed his opposition to both while on the campaign trail Wednesday (9 May).

April 12, 2012

National Organization for Marriage backs presumptive Republican nominee

A day after Rick Santorum pulled out of the race for the Republican nomination for president, the anti-gay group National Organization of Marriage on Wednesday (11 April) endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

February 26, 2012

Romney tells audience he stood against gay marriage

The best way to get support from the Republican base is to be against anything linked to LGBT rights. In a Michigan campaign stop, candidate Mitt Romney argued he stood against marriage equality when he was governor in Massachusetts.

February 10, 2012

Says he fought hard to prevent 'Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage

Mitt Romney bragged about his opposition to gay marriage to a Republican audience on Friday as he fights to remain ahead of his rivals in the race for the presidential nomination.

Speaking before at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference in Washington D.C.,  Romney discussed gay marriage becoming legal while he was governor of Massachusetts.

January 25, 2012

Presidential candidate gave to Massachusetts Family Institute and Becket Fund

Under increased pressure from his rivals, Mitt Romney on Tuesday (24 January) released some of his tax returns which reveal that the Republican presidential hopeful contributed at least $35,000 in recent years to two anti-gay organizations.

Romney donated $10,000 to the Massachusetts Family Institute in 2006 and $25,000 to the Beckett Fund For Religious Liberty in 2009. The donations were made through the Romney founded and funded Tyler Charitable Foundation, according to a report by CNN.