Mitt Romney Thinks The Boy Scouts Should Allow Gay Members. Or He Did, Anyway

Ah, the Internet—once something is out there, it never goes away. GLAAD has dug up a vintage clip from a 1994 U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts, where then-senatorial candidate Mitt Romney was asked about the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusionary policy toward homosexuals.

Romney states:

“I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

It’s worth noting Romney was up against liberal Ted Kennedy in that election—and he  had just changed his party affiliation from Independent to Republican in 1993. So maybe the full-on GOP indoctrination hadn’t taken affect yet. We don’t imagine Romney is spouting the same line now—which is a shame for ousted den mom Jen Tyrell.

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  • 1equalityUSA

    This is going to be fun.

  • Bob

    The Democrats should use clips of all his lies and ‘flip flops’ to their advantage to show what a lying sack of shit this guy is.

  • Codswallop

    In the past (and maybe still) there was a Mormon principle of “Lying for the lord.” Basically what it said was that lies that either protected the Mormon church or advanced it aren’t a sin, “if it helps the LDS church, go ahead and lie.”

    So it’s a mistake to think Romney believed what he was he saying then or means anything he says now, why his “flip-flopping” isn’t the product of an evolving political philosophy but the evidence he’ll basically say anything that will advance his (and by extension the Mormon Church’s) political power and influence.

    Romney’s true attitude toward gays is demonstrated by his continuing tithes to the Mormon Church, his secretive donations to NOM, and his signing of NOM’s political contract regarding gay rights. His appointment of a right-wing gay toady as press secretary (or whatever) is a red herring. Do NOT be fooled.

  • EvonCook

    Well, I would also be happy to show all of Mit’s sons the joys and pleasures of man-on-man release –if they haven’t already tried it like James Franco and his brother Davie (see xtube for Dave Franco).

  • janice

    obama lies more.

  • tjr101

    There is more than enough videos out there to sink this lying sack of shit’s campaign.

  • Codswallop

    @janice: Keep telling yourself that, freeper. Willard “Mitt” Romney would sell his mother to get elected, though he’d die before selling out his creepy cult religion.

  • kouros

    @EvonCook: umm hello don’t be selfish give us the proper link PLEASSE

  • kouros

    I find it funny how we are so eager to believe that his lies are directed at us during the preliminaries. I don’t remember the GOP preliminaries being aimed at the LGBTQ community or the democrats. It is extremely common for candidates on both parties to run towards the bases of their parties during preliminaries. If anything we should be laughing our asses off that some republican out there is believing his lies. Honestly if he were voted president (which won’t happen but if) he would go from “anti-gay” to all of a sudden ” I’m sorry did i really promise you that GOP fan base? lol i was just trolling you guys”. His track record speaks for himself mr “Super conservative” is nothing but a lying republican that had to act like a bigger conservative to get rid of the likes of the rest of the actually ultra conservative republicans, except gingrich he’s also fairly moderate outside of the preliminaries. Look at what happened to the only republican that said the truth and said he believed in evolution and global warming, new chinese and was an ambassador to china for the obama administration. Huntsman got put down so fast it made my head spin. Personally I’m glad Romney lied, i prefer him up there than any of the other delusionals.

  • tamara

    Reference, please? (Primary source or non-internet wiki type thing, please) “Lying for the lord?” I’m an exmormon and I feel like I know a bit about church history, but this doesn’t register.

  • tamara

    The boy scouts was founded by a gay man.

  • Codswallop

    @tamara: Google “lying for the Lord.” Either you’ll believe the references you find or you won’t, but there are plenty of them.

    Here’s a link to an “internet wiki type thing” which includes many links to primary sources. If you need more than that you’ll just have to wait until the cast is taken off the finger you use for typing search queries into Google on your own. http://www.mormonwiki.org/Lying_for_the_Lord

  • Patsy Stoned

    Give the empty suit flip flopper another 18 years, and he’ll return to his 1994 position.

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