15) Romney allowed a Judge to order him – Again – to ignore existing Massachusetts law. In 2006, a superior court judge issued a ruling that allows gay couples from Rhode Island to get married in Massachusetts and then take the marriage back to Rhode Island. Romney made a very public effort to stop this practice but then gave up, announcing “I have to follow the law.” What law?
The marriage statutes in Massachusetts were never changed. There isn’t any law on the books allowing homosexual marriage. He based this decision on his prior illegal action when he unilaterally instituted gay marriage. Interestingly, one gay couple married in Massachusetts tried to get a divorce in Rhode Island but both the Rhode Island court and its governor refused to allow it since they didn’t recognize the validity of the couple’s “marriage.” It’s heartening to see that some officials understand the proper role of the courts. (38)