Mitt Romney 1994: ‘I’ll Be Better Than Ted For Gay Rights!’

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mitt romney bay windowsLooking to score political points on Obama’s support for gay marriage, Mr. “Etch-A-SketchMitt Romney came out to reaffirm his opposition to marriage equality.

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But in a 1994 interview with LGBT newspaper “Bay Windows,” Romney said that he would be “better than Ted (Kennedy) for gay rights” during his unsuccessful campaign to unseat the late Massachusetts Senator.

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According to a Dec. 6, 2006 Bay Window’s article that criticized him on gay rights during his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney was at one time a very liberal Republican who was all for gay marriage. When asked by the paper in 1994 on whether or not he would support equality of gays, Romney didn’t flinch.

“The answer is yes. When I speak of free agency, I don’t just mean that each person can do what they want to do, I mean that our society should allow people to make their own choices and live by their own beliefs. People of integrity don’t force their beliefs on others, they make sure that others can live by different beliefs they may have. That’s the great thing about this country: it was founded to allow people to follow beliefs of their own conscience. I will work and have worked to fight discrimination and to assure each American equal opportunity. You’ll see that, for instance, in my relations in the workplace. …

“For a number of years, I was chief executive at Bain and Co. It’s an environment that fosters openness and fights discrimination. I believe it is a good place for gay and lesbian individuals to work. I know of nothing in our workplace that doesn’t encourage promotion and compensation based on performance, without regard to personal differences, such as sexual orientation. I believe that my record, my life, is a clear indication of my support and insistence on anti-discrimination and on efforts to assure equal rights for all.”

To be fair, Romney opposed gay marriage when he was governor of Massachusetts. But what happened to that aspiring young businessman who vowed to be “better than Ted” on gay rights during his failed U.S. Senate run in 1994?

We all have a right to change our minds. But, given Romney’s reputation as a flip-flopper, he has some answering to do! Check out the rest of the Bay Windows article to see Romney’s 1994 views on homosexuality.

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