Romney’s Insensitivity To LGBT People: ‘I Didn’t Know You Had Families’ | ThinkProgress

Published September 12, 2012 by Tjchase

Romney’s Insensitivity To LGBT People: ‘I Didn’t Know You Had Families’

Mitt Romney in 2003

By Zack Ford on Sep 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Boston Spirit magazine has dug a bit deeper into Mitt Romney’s past interactions with LGBT people, particularly during his time as governor. Many of these stories are known: his firing of two state employees ostensibly for marrying their same-sex partners, his dissolution of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth,  his blocking of an anti-bullying guide because it contained the words “bisexual” and “transgender,” and his testimony against marriage equality to the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the state’s ban was unconstitutional. But this new profile illustrates a more profound level of insensitivity to the experience of LGBT people than his past position statements suggest.

David Wilson and Julie Goodridge, two of the plaintiffs whose case led to the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts, described meeting with Romney to discuss their experiences. According to Wilson, “it was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling.” At one point, Romney remarked, “I didn’t know you had families.” Goodridge recalls her final exchange with the governor, which proved to her that he had “no capacity for empathy”:

GOODRIDGE: Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?

ROMNEY: I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.

Romney described the meeting to the press as “pleasant,” as Goodridge cried.

This lack of understanding for the experience of same-sex families seems to have played out even on the occasions in which he was open to supporting LGBT protections. Josh Friedes, who once served as advocacy director for the Massachusetts Freedom to Marry Coalition, explained Romney’s business-informed rationale:

FRIEDES: He made clear that he was willing to listen to business leaders about the issue of family recognition. The impression was that if business leaders told him certain benefits and protections would increase the productivity of gay workers, he would be open to supporting those. … It was not really about what these protections would do for gay families, but what they would do for the titans of industry… It felt like there was a lord/serf relationship.

Ardith Wieworka knows she cannot prove that she was fired as the state’s Office of Child Care Services just because she was going to marry her same-sex partner, but she remembers what Romney’s administration told her when they fired her: they wanted someone more “like them.”

via Romney’s Insensitivity To LGBT People: ‘I Didn’t Know You Had Families’ | ThinkProgress.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Eric Gerlach

A Skeptical & Global Guide to Philosophy & the History of Thought

The Book of Dreams

A dream interpretation and sharing site that reinforces self-discovery through the interpretation of dreams. Copyright Bob Cole Apps

Apps for any screen

Ajah Dharma

om... may the great spirit bless you

What a Witch

I am not nice, but I am honest and that is more important.

Witches Of The Craft®

"Witchcraft For The 21st Century"

RealityShifters Blog

Live your best possible life. How good can it get?

Dear Cis People

The ramblings of a non-binary Latino.


The realms of Spirit, Breath, Life ~ Shamanic Endeavors

Stephanie Nicole

Righteous Health

Church of the Cosmos : Temple of Light


UMHS Gender Services

comprehensive gender services program for gender variant people and their families


Real conspiracies - all original content

Mystery of the Iniquity

Truth is inspiring, it is guarded by GOD, and will triumph over all opposition!


Quality gay-shaded & m/m stories, articles & art

Josh Derke for State Representative

Democrat for Michigan's 93rd House (2014)


Just another site

Edge Induced Cohesion

A Historian's Eye View of the World

HandyBob's Blog

Making off grid RV electrical systems work

The Journey

This site is the cat’s pajamas

Daily Queer News

LGBTI News and Politics

evoL =

Allies for equality.

current events

news of the day

Mr. Moon's Meditation Chamber

The Official Blog of Hip Hop Artist Tony Moon

Different People

Being gay with a mental illness(Bipolar) is a HUGE task to undertake!

The Catbox

Musings on modern Druidry in the UK

The LGBT community and the journey ahead

Being Gay is not a choice, we are born that way


%d bloggers like this: