Breaking! Romney Says His Gay Marriage Views Have Not Changed 'Since Running For Office'
Oh, Mitt Romney! Why are you SO BAD AT THIS? For once in your life someone has flip-flopped as much as you do before breakfast, and you point out what? That you are the Olympic Flip-Flop Champion, and you took home ALL THE GOLD!
From Oklahoma, where he's chilling with the local GOP:
"States are able to make decisions with regard to domestic partnerships benefits such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth, various kinds can be determined state-by-state. My view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman, that's my own preference. I know that people have differing views, this is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues. But I uh I have the same view that I've had, uh, since uh, well, since running for office."
Since uh, well, since running for office. Sure, you used to be Governor Gay Marriage in the great state of Assachusetts, and now you don't even believe in civil unions, making your flip-flop the Reverse Cowgirl of Bammerz's flip-flop. (Which wasn't so much a flip-flop as he has kind of been lying ever since 1996.)
UPDATE! Wikipedia argues that Gay Marriage is indeed the one thing Mittens has not flopped on and that apparently he has been a dick about it always. But the LA Times clarifies that really, he was on both sides at the same time:
In his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney declined to back a proposed state constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage because, he said, it would also have outlawed domestic partnership benefits. At one point, after his Democratic opponent said she would sign a bill legalizing gay marriage, Romney promised to make domestic partner benefits a "hallmark of my leadership as governor," the Boston Globe reported at the time.
Then came the Supreme Judicial Court's ruling in November 2003 that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry. In its 4-3 decision, the court gave the Legislature 180 days "to take such action as it may deem appropriate."
Opponents of same-sex marriage — citing a quirk in the state's colonial-era Constitution that gave the governor authority over matters related to marriage — argued that the court's decision was not binding and urged Romney to ignore it.
But Romney did not want to trigger a constitutional crisis — seeking, his advisor Flaherty said, to be "respectful of the law and respectful of people at the same time." Initially, he struck a balanced tone with his two-track move to find a legislative solution that would satisfy the court while corralling support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
And that is what we call leadership!
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