Mitt Romney To Gay Parents: "I Didn't Know You Had Families"
Written by Instinct Staff |
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
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Proving he was not much more than a sack of sand blocking the road to Massachusetts marriage equality in 2004, then-Governor Mitt Romney reluctantly met with a group of gay parents in a PR-orchestrated act of diplomacy. As the he continues to slip in the polls in the 2012 presidential election, more details from this eight-year old meeting is coming to light.
The Boston Globe's Boston Spirit magazine interviewed some of the gay parents in attendance at the 2004 meeting this month.
Reports Boston Spirit:
For about 20 frustrating minutes, say those in attendance who Boston Spirit interviewed recently, they shared their stories, pled 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.”
Occasionally Romney would say something.
“I didn’t know you had families,” remarked Romney to the group, according to Wilson. The offhanded remark underscored 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.
As a parting gift and in response to Goodridge's question about what Romney would like her to tell her daughter, the Governor replied, "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.”