5) Romney refused to support an earlier pro-marriage Constitutional amendment. In 2002, Romney refused to support an earlier marriage protection Constitutional Amendment that would have preempted the Goodridge court ruling. He called it “too extreme,” but his official reason for opposing the amendment was that it didn’t allow domestic partner benefits. In other words, he refused to support a ban on homosexual marriage because it didn’t grant benefits to homosexual lovers! Incredibly, Romney bypassed this 2002 opportunity to save traditional marriage in Massachusetts because he promised the homosexual community he would grant them domestic partner benefits. Indeed, Romney even informed the gay press he wouldn’t support this amendment.
Bay Windows: Do you support the Protection of Marriage Amendment?
Romney: No, because it would outlaw domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.
Bay Windows: Do you believe the Protection of Marriage Amendment initiative should be put before voters?
Romney: The people have a constitutional right to put questions before the voters. But, if it had been on the ballot, I would have voted no. (19)
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