The presidential candidates undoubtebly have differing opinions on same-sex marriage: President Barack Obama’s recent “evolution” on the subject had finally developed to become outright support, while Mitt Romney maintains that marriage is between a man and a woman. And while the focus of political attacks between the two have primarily been on economic issues as of late, it will be interesting to see how debates over social concerns like same-sex marriage will play out in the months ahead, particularly in the wake of the overwhelming success of the It Gets Better project (which Obama created a video for in October 2010).
Yesterday, two liberal super PACs launched an offensive called “Mitt Gets Worse,” an oral history campaign that aims to inform voters about “Mitt Romney’s extreme anti-LGBT agenda.” In addition to creating a damning timeline that shows exactly how Romney’s position on LGBT rights has swung back and forth through the years, they’ve just released a heartbreaking video featuring Julie Goodridge, the lead plaintiff in Goodridge v. Dept of Public Health, the lawsuit that brought same-sex marriage to Massachusetts. In it, Goodridge recounts meeting with Romney and asking him what she and her partner should tell their daughter about why they couldn’t marry.
“And he looked at me,” Goodridge says in the video, “and he said, kind of looked over my shoulder with this blank stare and said, ‘I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her what you’ve been telling her for the last eight years?’ ”
Goodridge’s daughter was not adopted. She was her biological daughter, and part of the reason for the lawsuit was filed was because when Goodridge went into labor and experienced complications, her partner was not able be with her or her daughter because she was not considered next of kin. Despite the fact that their story had made national headlines, Romney had failed to pick up on the major component of their case.
Unlike the It Gets Better project, the target of the Mitt Gets Better campaign isn’t the LGBT community (one would assume there’s not many folks to sway there). It’s aiming at the growing contingent of Americans who support same-sex marriage (47 percent, according to Pew), and who will be asking themselves whether a Romney vote aligns itself with their feelings on civil rights.
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