All Signs To The Contrary, Mitt Romney Thinks Marriage Equality Foes Haven’t Lost

Mitt RomneyMitt Romney doesn’t recognize a losing battle. He was “shellshocked” that he lost the 2012 presidential election, despite every indication that he would come up short with voters. Now he’s convinced that the marriage equality battle is far from over, despite 18 court rulings to the contrary in less than nine months.

Romney expressed his opinion Sunday on “Meet the Press,” as part of the show’s never-ending quest to find irrelevant guests. Displaying the rhetorical power that propelled him to a second-place finish in 2012, Romney defended the ongoing, futile opposition to marriage equality.

“I don’t know that you have to worry about who wins or who loses a particular fight,” he said. “I think you stand for various principles, you communicate those to the American people, and they either support those or not. Sometimes if something is lost, while you move on to the next issue, you wish you had won that one but you move on. In this case, it continues to be an issue that people find relevant and important, something that is being considered in various states around the country.”

And why keep up the fight? It’s all about the kids, of course. “I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in a setting where there’s a father and mother. Now there are many other different settings that children are raised in, and people have the right to live their life as they want to. But I think marriage should be defined in the way it’s been defined for several thousand years. And if gay couples want to live together, that’s fine as well, that’s their right.”

But not a civil right.

Romney also refused to say that kids raised by gay parents are just as adjusted as kids raised in heterosexual households, despite a mountain of scientific evidence to the contrary.

“It’s going to take a long, long time to determine whether having gay marriage will make it less likely for kids to be raised in settings where there’s a mom and a dad,” he said. “That’s not going to happen overnight. It’s something which happens over generations, in fact.”

It’s not hard to imagine what the federal government’s response to last year’s Supreme Court ruling would have been if Romney was president. Just one more reminder the elections have real consequences.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    What an inimitable jackalope! Mittens just doesn’t get it! I sincerely hope he runs for President again and loses his clothes to Clinton or Warren. Maybe, just MAYBE… he and his fellow gremlins might see the light of reality!

  • robirob

    Translation: Keep sending money to the ‘good’ people who fight for traditional marriage! Let them milk this cash cow … uhm, I mean let’s keep up the fight! Yeah, keep up the good fight!

  • dvlaries

    >It’s not hard to imagine what the federal government’s response to last year’s Supreme Court ruling would have been if Romney was president. Just one more reminder the elections have real consequences.<
    But not just the top-ticket ones! And routinely, it's Republicans that get themselves to the polls in greater numbers in non-presidential years. I damn wish I had understood that years younger than I am now, but I'll never forget it again. Every November, if I gotta walk in icy rain, I'm gonna be there. If we want change as fast as we can get it, it has to be everybody’s attitude.

  • cincorobles

    Just like Romney didn’t lose the last election.

  • Cam

    “I think marriage should be defined in the way it’s been defined for several thousand years.


    So says the man whose father was born on a Polygamous compound to a family with multiple wives.

  • MK Ultra

    “Corporations are people too, my friend”
    Does anyone else still think Romney’s a robot that is incapable of human emotion?

  • tricky ricky

    look at mitt romney’s 5 sons. each one looks like he has a different mother with only one looking like he’s ann’s son. they look like they came from 3 sister wives and a mexican housekeeper (look at their eye colors!). THOSE are mormon values!

  • mcflyer54

    Yes, just like Mittens thought right up until 10PM on election night that he was going to be elected the next Pesident of the United Srates. The man lost and now, maybe because Chris Christie is plummeting in the polls, Romney, like Punxsutawney Phil, has decided to reappear. So Mitt, you lost the election and you’re going to lose on marriage equality too so please just ride off into the sunset in one of your Cadillacs.

  • mcflyer54

    @tricky ricky: That was Arnold’s housekeeper – these Republican’s share everything.

  • Doughosier

    To keep a Republican position means having to deny facts. In this case that studies show kids of gay couples to be fine.

  • texymex

    This statement in the article is incorrect:

    “Romney also refused to say that kids raised by gay parents are just as adjusted as kids raised in heterosexual households, despite a mountain of scientific evidence to the contrary.”

    It shouldn’t say “to the contrary”. Perhaps “despite a mountain of supporting scientific evidence” would make more sense.

  • Respect4all

    If he thinks all children should be raised in a home with a mother and father, he should focus on enacting laws to prohibit heterosexual couples with minor children from divorcing. Also make contraception free and easily available to all unmarried women.

  • Respect4all

    @texymex: You’re right, but we all know that Queerty doesn’t employ editors or proofreaders.

  • texymex

    @Respect4all: Yes, understood. My hope was that the author would see my comment and correct the statement. It’s not a big deal, as the meaning was clear enough.


    I don’t know if they are deniers or have a mental defect that makes things they don’t like not imprint a memory in their brains.

  • corey

    Mittens is an asshole. He is just talking out his ass like GWB did, along with the President of Uganda. Conservatives should all be euthanized. And what’s up with Mittens memory, it hasn’t even been half a century since his religion taught multiple wives was the best way to go. He actually ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate seat decades ago and said he’d be more gay friendly than Teddy. The mans a delusional moron who gets to write off almost 80 grand a year for his stupid wives pet pony.

  • Caleb in SC

    Douche! Swallow those sour grapes and move the fuck on!

  • tjr101

    Hearing this loser’s comments only reminds me of how thankful I am Barack Obama is still in the WH and how stupid the numerous gay republicans who defended this bigot in the lead up to the 2012 elections now look.

    Where are all those gay republicans now? Where are the cowards?

  • SteveDenver

    Mitt is an egomaniac who can’t keep his mouth shut.

  • Charles175

    What people like this fail to realize is that there up against something that they cannot win against and this is the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution forbids laws being written precisely and concisely to divide the people as one people being superior and other inferior. In other words laws that are deliberately created for the sole purpose of segregating a people is illegal and will not stand U.S. Constitution scrutiny

  • Charles175

    @Dakotahgeo: It is the fact that bit from the is a Bishop of the Mormon church which killed his election potential back two years ago.

  • nowliveit

    I don’t see what is insinuated in the last paragraph, that the relationship between Supreme Court Justices rulings and who is the President dictates the Court’s decisions. They are 2 of the 3 independent branches of government and are designed not to control each other. Thankfully this court sided with the constitution for this issue

  • Brian

    Marriage has not been defined in one precise way for “several thousand years.” That’s just not true. I wish anti-gay politicians could at least base their arguments in fact. A Mormon, of all people, should know that the concept of marriage differs across times and cultures. Come up with another reason if you must, but don’t just flatly lie to people.

  • Mdterp01

    There are definitely some things I wish President Obama would have been more progressive about, but there’s no doubt that in terms of the gay rights movement we have improved by leaps and bounds under his administration. I just can’t even fathom what a Romney administration would have looked like and thank heaven we will NEVER know.

  • Harley

    Who is that? Mitt Dukakis?

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  • tdx3fan

    Doesn’t Mittens ever get tired of being wrong? He is such a hypocrite that it is next to impossible to see him as even anything else. He has literally done nothing with his life, and most of his millions came from inheritance. Its also so funny to hear him talk about traditional marriage going back thousands of years when his grandfather had more than one wife at the same time and his ancestors migrated to Utah to escape religious persecution. What a douche!

  • tdx3fan

    On a wider note, I really believe that (at least where I am from) that Republicans are really hurting themselves with their stance on gay rights. Every other aspect of their platform is easily supported by myself and other gay people that I know except for their gay rights stance. If they got on the right side of gay rights, they would lose less voters than they gained as long as they appeased the Christian Right by making abortion a very hot topic and key issue.

  • tdx3fan

    @Charles175: Actually, the United States constitution was written with unequal treatment in mind by men who practiced it. The founders of this country pretty much all were pro-slavery and subjugated women. It was not until the 14th amendment that the equality began to come into play, but to make a statement like the constitution being written with equality in mind as an accurate statement is very misleading.

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