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Don't Ask Don't Tell- Mitt Romney Edit- to include article

Posted by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM
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I just found out Mitt Romney (if elected) plans to reinstate DADT. I am wondering how many support DADT being reinstated? How many suppot Romney?


**** This is a different article, and seems to be more accurate. Romney will NOT reinstate DADT, but he does support the policy, and doesn't think it should have been repealed.****

This is the article I was reading, for anyone interested. 

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What Does the Religious Right Want From Romney?

 After Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell resigned on Tuesday in response to social conservative complaints about his sexual orientation and his support for same-sex marriage, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association is claiming credit. On his radio program Tuesday afternoon, Fischer—who was the first to criticize Grenell for being “an out, loud and proud homosexual”—boasted, “This is a huge win.... I will flat-out guarantee you [Romney] is not going to make this mistake again. There is no way in the world that Mitt Romney is going to put a homosexual activist in any position of importance in his campaign.” (Fischer is a former evangelical pastor who is prone to making controversial remarks such as, “We should screen out homosexuals who want to immigrate to the United States.”) 

That, of course, raises an important question: if staunch religious conservatives such as Fischer can dictate Romney’s policy and personnel decisions, what other demands will they make?

I called Fischer to find out. He says there are a number of stances on issues Romney has thus far avoided that would reassure the “pro-family” community. The most significant includes a pledge to veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, reinstating “don’t ask, don’t tell” and removing spousal benefits for the domestic partners of federal employees. Fischer laid out these same ideas in his initial attack on Grenell. “Romney needs to make the following public commitments…if he is to have any hope of generating even modest enthusiasm in the base.… If he’s going to pander, he’d better start pandering in a big, fat hurry.” 

Here’s what Fischer told me on Wednesday:

One thing [Romney] can do is come out and endorse North Carolina’s marriage amendment. Sanctity of marriage is a very important issue for the pro-family community. I would urge him to restate his commitment to rigorously defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I would urge him to commit to revoking spousal benefits for unmarried domestic partners. President Obama has extended spousal benefits to partners of federal employees in violation of DOMA. We need to hear Romney take a position on reversing that. He needs to publicly commit to vetoing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) if it reaches his desk. I think he should reinstate the ban on homosexuality in the military. He said he won’t do that, but he should make it clear that military chaplains on his watch will have freedom to teach biblical view of sexuality without any fear of repercussions.

Romney has a nuanced—some might say slippery—relationship with a few of these issues. On DADT Romney criticizes President Obama for signing the law repealing it and allowing gays to serve openly in the military. But his rationale is not exactly that it was the wrong policy in the abstract, only that it was too stressful for the military. Therefore he says it would be even more disruptive to reverse the repeal now. This complicated position has the virtue of being partially acceptable to people on both sides of the issue. He must attempt to keep the anti-gay conservative base mollified while not alienating the large majority of the public that supported letting gays serve. His position allows him to sidestep taking any stance of accepting or rejecting homosexuality, while nominally caring only about what is best for the military as a whole. Of course, what was best for the brave men and women already serving in the military who happened to be gay doesn’t enter into this calculation. It is politically shrewd, albeit nakedly calculating and cowardly. 


“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM
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LoriLou75
by Lori on May. 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

bump

owl0210
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I don't support DADT and think he is a fool for wanting to reinstate it.
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i_lovedyoufirst
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I don't,
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CocoMama88
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Ick! I sure hope he's not president!
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i_lovedyoufirst
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Why should human beings have to hide their sexuality to be apart of a force that fights for our freedom.
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singlemom1208
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I'm a conservative and I don't think it should be reinstated.
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AdellesMom
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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Romney's only goal as President would be to overturn EVERYTHING that Obama has signed. I think it's ridiculous. No, I don't support DADT being reinstated.
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LoriLou75
by Lori on May. 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Do you support Romney?

Quoting singlemom1208:

I'm a conservative and I don't think it should be reinstated.



“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

.Pagan.
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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why would he do that except that he personally disagrees with homosexuality? every marine i have talked to has said it hasn't changed anything..every guy and girl they knew were gay is still gay lol they don'tcare as long as they are doing their job. i think its fucked up that any human would think another was good enough to fight for their country...as long as they hide who they love.

momof3_2011
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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My DH served 11 yrs in the US ARMY. He said there was 2 guys that were gay in his unit. Back then DADT was in effect, but they still all knew. He said it did not bother him or any of the other men. He said when your over there you watch each others backs, gay, straight white or black. I do not support Mitt Romney or DADT. Me and DH are avid Ron Paul supporters :)

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