• Mitt Romney Supported Bullying Gay Teens in Massachusetts

    It used to be really hard to decipher Mitt Romney's stance on gay marriage. On one hand, he said he opposed it. On the other hand, he named his son Tagg.

    But now that we know he bullied gay kids in high school, his position is a bit more clear. And this wasn't just some isolated high school "prank" either. Romney even kind of supported bullying as governor of Massachusetts

    Mitt Romney clashed with a state commission tasked with helping LGBT youth at risk for bullying and suicide throughout his term as Massachusetts governor over funding and its participation in a pride parade. He eventually abolished the group altogether.

    The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, created by Republican Gov. William Weld in 1992 in response to newly released statistics showing alarmingly high suicide rates among gay and lesbian teens, was designed to combat harassment in schools… Romney continued its existence upon taking office, but a rift began in 2005, when he vetoed a $100,000 increase in its budget…

    [R]elations between the governor and commission collapsed in mid-2006, after the commission lent its name to materials promoting a long-running annual pride parade for LGBT youth that it helped organize using private funds. Romney, incensed at being officially associated with a gay pride event, threatened to dissolve the commission on the spot.

    This is probably a huge let-down for all the gay Romney fans out there. All five of them. His sideburns were practically a gay icon.

    However, there is one bright spot in this whole controversy. Critics often attack Romney for being spineless and lacking core beliefs. He's flip-flopped on a lot of issues in the twenty or so years he's been in politics. But now we know he's been consistent on one topic all along: being a total jerk to gay kids.

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    Tags: Children, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney


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