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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 — While Rick Santorum prods Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, to go bold and strike out against gay marriage, Romney is tepidly saying such things as marriage should be “between one man and one woman.” Not a ringing indictment of gay marriage but just enough to set the hearts aflutter of social conservatives and evangelicals. For some Republicans, however, it may be too much.
One admittedly gay donor, Bill White, who is the chairman and CEO of the New York consulting firm Constellations Group, had given $2,500 to the Romney campaign and now he wants his money back. White sent a letter to the Romney campaign, saying, “I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year. You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer.”
Not only is Romney on the wrong side of history, he is forgetting that gay marriage is actually a very conservative value, one that he and the likes of Rick Santorum should be embracing. (See video below on gay families)
Really, you ask, scratching your head? Yep, and here’s why as best summed up in a memo from Jan R. van Lohuizen (President George W. Bush’s pollster) to Republican leaders and candidates:
“As people [Republicans] who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government.”
Bravo, Mr. van Lohuizen, for spelling it out so perfectly:
1. Gay marriage promotes personal responsibility.