Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Setting the Record Straight on Former Gov. Romney

The devil is in the details...Thank God for these faithful, diligent
Massachusetts pro-family warriors who have taken the time to carefully
document the truth.

Please make sure this gets to all the consevatives you know, especially in
Iowa and New Hampshire.

Massachusetts pro-family group seeks to set the record straight on former
Gov. Mitt Romney.

How true are the claims being made by his campaign about Romney's
'conservatism'? Not very.

MassResistance ( ) is the major pro-family activist
group in Massachusetts. We've been fighting for pro-family causes here since
the early 1990s. We saw the Romney administration close up (although very
few social conservatives were actually involved in it). We're disturbed at
recent claims that Romney's campaign is making about his record.

We offer the following to set the record straight. (See our Romney Report,
published in November 2006.) Basically, Mitt Romney campaigned – and
governed – as a social liberal.

1. Sodomy laws and domestic partner benefits. When campaigning for governor,
Romney told the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows that he favored repeal of
the state's sodomy laws, and that he supported domestic partner benefits:

BW: What is your position on each of the following issues? Domestic partner
benefits for state and municipal employees -
ROMNEY: I support domestic partner benefits. With regard to specific
eligibility and benefits, I would need to study the costs and regulations
associated with it in light of the state's fiscal crisis.

BW: Repeal of sodomy laws -
ROMNEY: I don't think government should interfere in the private lives of
consenting adults.

2. Marriage amendment. Also while campaigning for governor, Romney told the
homosexual newspaper Bay Windows that he would vote "NO" on the
Massachusetts marriage amendment in 2002 because it would not have allowed
for domestic partner benefits:

BW: Do you support the Protection of Marriage Amendment?
ROMNEY: No, because it would outlaw domestic partner benefits for same-sex

BW: 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.

WORSE: Romney went on to support writing civil unions into the Massachusetts
constitution, convincing hesitant Republican legislators to vote for the
"Travaglini-Lees compromise" marriage amendment in 2004 (which eventually

3. Taxpayer-funded abortions. Romney's health-care plan in Massachusetts
allows abortions for a co-pay of $50. Romney claims that "state law"
requires taxpayer funded abortions. There is no such state law. He is
referring to a 1983 Supreme Judicial Court decision that Medicaid patients
must get "medically necessary" state-funded abortions. There's no
"medically necessary" clause in Romney's plan. Nor did he make any attempt
to keep abortions out of the plan, (though he did veto other sections of the
bill) or challenge this rather vague court decision in any way.

4. Helping Planned Parenthood start new abortion clinic. As the Boston Globe
recently reported, "Former governor Mitt Romney's economic development
agency granted initial approval to a tax-exempt bond last year for a Planned
Parenthood clinic in Worcester that will provide abortions, just two months
before he left office and began highlighting his antiabortion position as a
presidential candidate." His appointees controlled the agency.

5. Gay youth pride day. In 2004, Romney signed a proclamation declaring an
official "Massachusetts Gay/Straight Youth Pride Day".

6. Log Cabin Republicans. After getting the endorsement of the radical
homosexual group Log Cabin Republicans, Gov. Romney put a major homosexual
activist, Patrick Guerriero, on his transition team for governor. As far as
we know there were no social conservatives on his transition team. As the
New York Times reported, Romney promised this group that he would not oppose
the expected Massachusetts Court ruling on homosexual marriage.
Read NY Times article here:

7. Homosexual adoption. In 2006, Romney's Department of Social Services
(DSS) officially named a homosexual couple as its "Adoptive Parents of the
Year." The DSS under Romney was extremely aggressive in placing children
with homosexual couples instead of heterosexual couples.

8. Romney's award from Mass. Pro-Life Group. Romney's campaign brags that
Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) gave him their "Political Leadership
Award" last May. What he doesn't mention: (1) the previous December Romney
donated $15,000 to MCFL, creating a conflict of interest; (2) the award was
given to him by the MCFL's Pioneer Valley Chapter, not the main MCFL; (3)
the president of MCFL has since distanced the group from the award, saying
that it was not officially authorized by the central office.

PO Box 1612 – Waltham, MA 02454 –


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