Skip to comments.Mitt Romney Comes Out in Support of Homosexual Boy Scout Leaders, Members
Posted on 08/07/2012 6:36:10 AM PDT by xzins
A spokesperson for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has advised that the former Massachusetts governor disagrees with the Boy Scouts current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from serving as members and leaders.
According to The Associated Press, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the news outlet in an email that Romney still stands by his beliefs that homosexual men should be able to serve in the organization. She specifically noted that Romney had outlined his views in 1994 during a political debate, and that his stance has not changed.
I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue, Romney stated during the debate. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
As previously reported, last month, the Boy Scouts of America issued a statement reaffirming its policy prohibiting open homosexuals from joining the organization.
The committees work and conclusion is that this policy reflects the beliefs and perspectives of the BSAs members, thereby allowing Scouting to remain focused on its mission and the work it is doing to serve more youth, the statement said. The review included forthright and candid conversation and extensive research and evaluations both from within Scouting and from outside of the organization.
The decision to reiterate and reaffirm the Scouts current policy followed two years of deliberations from an eleven-member committee comprised of Boy Scout executives and other volunteers who represented a diversity of perspectives and opinions.
When all was said and done, the committee concluded that the restriction served as the best policy for the Boy Scouts.
The current policy reads, While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.
Mitt Romney also recently reiterated his support for homosexual adoption. This past May, in an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox News, he explained that while he is against the concept of homosexual marriage, he does believe that homosexual couples should be able to adopt children.
[I]f two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child, in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, thats something that people have a right to do, Romney outlined. But, to call that marriage is something that in my view is a departure from the real meaning of that word.
He had first outlined his position on the matter in 1996 while talking to CNNs Wolf Blitzer.
Well, they are able to adopt children, he said. Im not going to change that.
Prior to Saul serving as Romneys press secretary, Richard Grenell, an open homosexual, filled the position.
Amazingly enough, some Christians have deluded themselves into believing it’s their duty to support this man. Some like David Barton even go so far as to say that failing to vote for Myth is sin.
I said I would never vote for him in 2008 and I’m even more certain today I can’t vote for him in good conscience. I don’t think David Barton and so many others have searched the Scriptures to see what God would have His people do.
Keep it up boys Obama is ribbing his hands thanks to people like you. I guess you really support “O”
What’s wrong with this world today,!?! Is that people do not fear God...they take everything and God ..for granted,acting no matter what they do everything will be alright.May God have mercy on their souls...
From the perspective of the damage they cause to our society and their absolute disregard for morality, I fail to see the distinction.
(1)I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue,
BSA had decided to EXCLUDE homosexuals as scout leaders
(2) I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
As scouts? As leaders? He doesn't say, nor does he say he thinks they should reconsider a decision he "supports".
This article is VERY misleading, as it says Romney "comes out in support" of homos in the Scouts, and that he now "disagrees" with BSA's policy. THIS IS NOT TRUE. She merely said "his stance has not changed". Well, in the statement above, Romney in 1994 said he supported exclusion of homos. So why is the article's author lying?
If he really believes this, this will hurt him more than anything else.
As someone who has had to run security at cub scout events and call the cops on pedophiles who were attempting to lure boys at them, this sort of crap is idiotic.
Freedom of Association is a fundamental tenant of our nation.
No, grey, it is the GOP-E that wants to run a candidate who will divide their base?
What does that mean, that they WANT to run someone who divides their base?
1. It means they want to lose.
2. It means they want to move their party to the left to pick up liberals and moderates who support the gay agenda, but who are disillusioned with Obama. They are willing, therefore, to sacrifice principled members of their base. In fact, they disdain them, thinking these conservative voters have no place else to go.
The only question that remains is will conservatives buy that or will they rally behind a conservative candidate.
I want to see Romney’s lips move saying that he supports gay men and woemen serving as leaders in the Boy Scouts.
Quoting the AP is about as bad as quoting Pravda. Actually, worse now.
A puke endorsed by the Republican primary voters, uninformed as they still are.
When the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court forced same-sex “marriage” upon that unfortunate state some years ago, then Governor Romney did little or nothing to stand in its way. No bureaucratic sabotage or hindering of its implementation; no George Wallace-like standing in the way of a vile decision. He just shrugged and accepted it. Sad.
the anti romney crowd is out in full force
I was STRONGLY against him during the primary but I am MORE strongly against Obama now...
The whole point of this post is to bring down romney and support Obama - an obama troll?
I guess it doesn’t matter about how one votes for President; it’s the little uninformed Republican primary voters who have ruined the country.
Brownback camp slams Romney on Boy Scout stance Brownback, left, has directed several criticisms toward Romney.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownbacks presidential campaign accused Republican White House rival Mitt Romney of being hostile to Boy Scout leadership and principles Monday, the latest in a string of direct criticisms from the Kansas Republican designed undermine the former Massachusetts governors conservative credentials.
At issue is Romneys past support of allowing gays to participate in Boy Scout troops. In a statement, Brownbacks campaign quotes then-Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Romney from a 1994 debate saying all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
The campaign also quotes a Utah news report from 2000 alleging Romney, then head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics organizing committee, did not welcome scout groups to be part of the games.
Romney's openness to gay scout leaders conflicts with the Scout Oath, which requires Scouts to be "morally straight," Brownbacks campaign stated.
Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Romneys campaign, called Brownbacks accusations distortions, and noted that in the same 1994 Senate debate, Romney also said he supported allowing the Boy Scout troops to make their own leadership decisions. Madden also quoted a New York Times article from 2002 indicating Romney had invited 200 area Boy Scouts to take part in the games.
Some other campaigns will resort to negative attacks and distortions which is an unfortunate reflection on their campaigns conduct, Madden added. Governor Romney has been a supporter of the Boy Scouts and has said he supports their right to decide scouting policies.
Brownback, struggling to gain momentum among social conservatives, has previously leveled several criticisms against Romney over his changed abortion-rights stance.
I agree with you, that is what he said, but I think his views on that will harm him more than probably anything else he’s said.
I’ve seen what pedos do, and know damned well if it were ever opened up, you’d have abuse beyond the pale. Even without them openly allowing gays in, they sneak in and do horrible things.. and thats with EVERYONE on constant guard.
Yes, I know not all homos are pedophiles, but as a proportion of their population it is a HUGE percentage, and many were abused themselves by men in their past which is why they are homosexual and pedophiles themselves (yes, I know not all men abused as children wind up gay and pedophiles, but the link is very very clear that sadly if that happens to you, you are more likely than most to wind up that way.)
I celebrate that the Scouts have put the safety of children far above the political correctness of the gay lobby.
So, you want to suppress any news stories that point out Romney’s lack of conservative chops? Face it: Romney sucks, and a lot of us feel he is being crammed down our throats.
His campaign’s statement on this and it’s statement on Chick-fil-A came out within days of each other.
You really have to wonder what in the world that is all about???
I doubt that Romney supports Pedophiles in the boy scouts and I do believe there is a difference between a gay person and a pedophile. While youre extrapolating his words why not include axe murderers.
Sarcasm, my friend, sarcasm.
His campaign’s statement on this and its statement on Chick-fil-A came out within days of each other.
You really have to wonder what in the world that is all about???
Talk about playing the safe card!
"The Boy Scouts can do what ever they want, so what I think about the idea doesn't matter. I don't wanna rock the political boat."
He'd better support the 98.3% of the population in the end - he's playing with fire here. The normal, heterosexual vote is a very powerful thing. If he goes homo now, Americans will drive to a Chic Fil A instead of driving to the voting booth to vote for him.
Is this AH trying to lose the election....not my choice and rapidly becoming I don’t care if BO wins.
Does Romney support gay rights legislation outlawing discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace, entertainment industry, church, clubs and other private organizations? Of course he does.
Romney would sign legislation into law in a heartbeat that would prohibit the scouts and all other organizations from closing their membership and leadership to avowed, practicing, flaunting sodomite hooligans.
If he cannot admit that homosexuality is the sickest and most perverse of sin, he is a lost soul not worthy of my vote.
I agree. There is no path for this country to recover if the only choice we’re afforded is evil vs. evil.
This also for Gayfox and any other FReepers who say that refusing to support the Myth is the same as supporting Obama:
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
We will all answer to a higher authority than the opinions of our fellow FReepers.
Who is the troll, Mr K, you are referring to?
Clayton Williams said pretty much something like that in 1990, and uninformed Republican voters, mostly women that time, turned to Ann W. Richards in the general election. Then she made possible GWB!!!
He is either trying to:
1. Lose the election
2. Create an openly liberal republican party that casts off conservatives. They want to be seen as the "moderate liberals" AND they want the democrats to be seen as the "RADICAL LEFTISTS".
His loyalty to the homo crowd is unflagging——it mystifies me.
Perhaps he or someone close to him is AC/DC. That’s what did in Dick Cheney on this issue.
WRONG!!!!!!! Boy Scouts has always billed itself as a Christian organization. Admonishing the Boy Scouts to accept open homosexuals is the same thing as attacking Christianity, which is one of the main objectives of the gay rights movement. Such a position is opposes the free exercise of religion. Mitt is dead wrong on this one.
Mittens “Homo Boy Scout leaders” you disgust me. You have not even won the nominee yet, already you run to left. I expect the next thing we will hear is your also pro abortion. Dont expect my vote in the General Election cause it ain’t happening.
Oh and Newt and Santorum thanks for selling out.
I don’t think that a GOP that casts off conservatives has a chance to ever win any election ever, including dog catcher.
Let’s see the Mittbots spin this.
And it’s an almost daily “shove”. Quite frustrating.
And they will be held accountable as it is continually thrown in their face there after.
Also no exceptions, and justifiably so. Things like Sandusky don't just happen. A whole lot of people help them along.
Are good men who do nothing...really good?
No. They are not.
The GOP-E thinks republicans can take over democrat moderate-liberal voters to make up for their loss of conservatives.
That leaves conservatives in the cold, but they don’t care. They simply don’t believe the same as conservatives.
Why am I suppose to vote for this guy again?
There are conservative choices.
Because he's not Obama; just a carbon copy.
Nor a baby that shouldn’t have been aborted, nor a doctor who shouldn’t work only on patients authorized by government bureaucrats.
That is how I read it to. He is just a used car salesman
Good post, Ed. Thanks.
This is a test for conservatives, and the most important tests are hard. We either refuse to bow down to compromise on conservatism in the face of having the current fascist-in-chief "win" another 4 years, or we stop calling ourselves "conservatives."
And, unfortunately, the only chance any of them has of winning is for Romney to drop out.
It’s not his honesty. It’s the fact that he’s a liberal. We got McCain again.
His Stake President isn’t going to be pleased, I would think, but I’ll bet Harry Reid’s is even more pissed.