There’s no value in trying to figure out what Mitt Romney’s position is – today – on gay marriage, gay parenting, civil unions and gay relationships in general. It’s likely to change tomorrow, and his skillful and sociopathic ability to lie is legendary.
But if the past is the best predictor of the future, which most of us believe it is, then Romney is certain to cast a jaundiced eye at any efforts to award rights to gay couples, in general, and specifically gay parents.
While Governor of Massachusetts, suffice it to say that Romney called out the cavalry to obstruct the process of gay marriage and, in particular, gay parenting – and not for political reasons, but, in fact, due to his personal ideology. And a speech he gave on the topic left no doubt about his position on gay parenting:
“The children of America have the right to have a father and a mother . . . What should be the ideal for raising a child? Not a village, not ‘parent A’ and ‘parent B,’ but a mother and a father . . . Scientific studies of children raised by same-sex couples are almost nonexistent. It may affect the development of children and thereby future society as a whole . . . Some gays are actually having children born to them. It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father.”
In a move channeling Sarah Palin’s controlling hand over everything Alaska, Romney attempted to micro-manage the birth certificates of children born to gay parents, so much so that a battle ensued between his office and the Department of Public Health, which argued that it was its domain to determine birth certificate forms, and that Romney really had no jurisdiction over it. But this was Romney-the-Stuffed-Shirt-CEO (not to be confused with the more recently seen Romney-of-the-People) in full glory: Pesky details on who was responsible for what, on which department had jurisdiction on this matter, didn’t deter him from leaving a footprint on the state’s efforts to legitimize gay parenting. Because he didn’t like it. And he was in charge.
In this election chock full of critical elements, not the least of which is the certainty that Mitt Romney would govern like a take-no-prisoners CEO with a brain full of conservative ideology to drive his policies, gay rights have not played a central role. But they should. The Republican Party in general, and Mitt Romney – as its hopeful leader – has long branded itself as the Party of Homophobes, and nothing in Romney’s history changes that.
Apparently, in the world of family Mitt Romney inhabits, determined heterosexuals dressed in khakis and checked shirts, with little boy haircuts, is the only kind of “normal” he knows, the only kind he will ever accept. From denunciations of single parenting to outright abuse of gay parents, Romney’s proven that there’s no room in his very small world beyond his own 50’s style patriarchal family model.
Romney’s own kids are rude and ill-mannered, making birther jokes and musing about taking swings at a sitting president on the campaign trail. He himself has a bucketful of lies at his elbow at any given moment, which doesn’t make him much of a role model; his son Josh admitted to lying repeatedly; and Romney admitted at a debate that he learned about lying because of the chronic lies of his five boys. The whole family, apparently, has swaddled itself in lies. And his denouncement of gay parenting is doubly galling – his “traditional” parenting doesn’t look like it’s worked out terribly well.
Americans had better realize one thing, because time is running out: Intolerant liars make rotten presidents.