Mitt Romney Didn’t Know Gay People Had Families

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Mitt Romney is Very Likely, the Dumbest Man in America

Sometimes all I can do is scratch my head in disbelief.

In 2004, when Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts after the Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in Massachusetts, Gov. Romney remained a roadblock, endorsing a constitutional amendment that would ban it.

Julie Goodridge and other plaintiffs in the landmark case had written a letter to the governor asking for a meeting. He ignored it, so they staged a press conference at his office to read the letter to the media. Finally, that got Romney’s attention and into his office. Once inside, they were shocked.

For about 20 frustrating minutes, according to those in attendance who Boston Spirit interviewed recently, they shared their stories, pleaded their case, and tried to explain how equal marriage would protect them and their families. Romney sat stone-faced and almost entirely silent.

“Is there anything else?” Romney asked when they finished. With that, the meeting was over.

“It was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling,” recalls David Wilson, one of the plaintiffs in the case who met with Romney that day. “People were sharing touching stories, stories where you’d expect recognition in the other person’s face that they at least hear what you’re saying, that there’s empathy. He didn’t even shake his head. He was completely blank.”

Finally Romney remarked, “I didn’t know you had families.”

The offhanded remark underscored the fact that Romney, the governor of the first state prepared to grant same-sex marriage, hadn’t taken the time to look at what the landmark case was really about. By this point the plaintiff’s stories had been widely covered by national media, in particular, Julie Goodridge’s heartrending tale of how her then-partner, Hillary, was denied hospital visitation following the precarious birth of daughter Annie. It was the ignorance of these facts and Romney’s inaccurate, insensitive answer to her parting question, that pushed Julie Goodridge to her breaking point.

“I looked him in the eye as we were leaving,” recalls Goodridge. “And I said, ‘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?’”

His response, according to Goodridge: “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.”

SOURCE: Boston Spirit

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8 Responses to Mitt Romney Didn’t Know Gay People Had Families

  1. DMason says:

    Funny, I thought it was just me? There’s something very strange about Mitt Romney. It’s as if they put a suit on Frankenstein and sent him out to speak at the podium. He’s just not human and no amount of giggling or appearances on 20/20 or FOX Noise can change this impression.

  2. Rachel says:

    Can someone explain how the voters of Massachusetts ever elected this moron?

  3. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I think the fact is, Mitt Romney just isn’t a compassionate person.

    He grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and like George W. Bush, never developed compassion or empathy toward people who have less. He’s detached, remote and removed.

  4. Harry says:

    Let’s face it. Romney is an asshole. Next?

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    Mitt Romney thinks babies are delivered by storks. He’s a douchebag.

  6. fran says:

    That is jaw dropping ignorance.

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    No one can this stupid. Not in the 21st century. Romney is either organically impaired or running an act intended to curry favor with the Bible thumpers in the Republican base. Either way, he’s a truly disgusting person.

  8. feminazi says:

    I think Romney’s strange perception of gay and lesbian Americans in informed by his Mormonism.

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