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THE LAST REMAINING GAY REPUBLICAN DITCHING ROMNEY FOLLOWING MARRIAGE COMMENTS
May 14 2012
Washington, D.C. - Like all elections, ultimately the race for President will come down to who voters like better. Some voters will certainly decide based on the beliefs and positions of the individual candidates but, as experience has taught us, those types of things are transitory at best and so voting for ideas, well, tends to be a waste.
Certainly issues will be come to the forefront in the electoral process, most significantly the economy, but with President Obama’s recent support for gay marriage there is no doubt, no matter what the candidates say right now, that that will be an issue going forward.
Already the battle lines have been drawn on that particular topic with Mitt Romney clearly coming down in opposition of such unions, as expected, a position that will undoubtedly make for some fiery debate and rhetoric between the two candidates. That position will, also, make the vote a challenge for some. Certainly the hard line Republicans will support his stance, but for the handful of gay Republicans, their nominee’s position is making their lives a little more difficult. There are, believe it or not, some gay Republicans.
“The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the preeminence of the family,” Romney told a group of supporters at an evangelical school on Saturday. “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”
Those comments received a loud cheers from the crowd, a reaction that perhaps best symbolizes the gap between the two parties.
It’s believed that every gay person attending that rally was so deeply in the closet they actually believe they are attracted to members of the opposite sex.
“This is a position that Romney had to choose. It really wasn’t even a choice at all. He has, repeatedly, in the past supported gay marriage quite vocally but that was before he was running for the top job. It’s a calculated political risk because, frankly, there aren’t that many gay Republicans so losing their vote will be nominal,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I mean there are a handful out there, people who are actually gay not hiding behind a marriage and kids. Those are people he will likely lose, or at least those are people who are going to have to seriously consider who they vote for. Obviously there are more pressing issues than gay marriage, but if you are gay person it is a serious concern.”
There has been no official tally of the number of gay Republicans in the country owing in part to the incredibly low sample number.
“Clearly this is a civil rights issue and on a larger scale, aside from the moral and religious issues related to gay marriage, the two candidates position on any civil rights concerns reflects who they are as people. It is a statement on their morals and ethics as human beings and from that perspective it really matters,” continued Kinsey. “From a political standpoint though it’s neglible. I mean sure Romney will lose a dozen or so votes and perhaps push the gay Republicans away forever but the net gain for him will still be huge and that has to be the priority. He can’t be worried about Lance and Mitchell and Bruce, he has to be worried about the wider voting populace.”
Lance, Mitchell, and Bruce have apparently not made their decision yet.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent