Mitt Romney is running a new radio ad in Iowa touting his support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage between same-sex couples. He and the oh so perky announcer blather on about the need to defend traditional marriage, but say nothing about the lies, adultery and divorce that have ended marriages among his fellow Republican presidential candidates. You can listen to the ad here.
Romney is desperately trying to prove his conservative bonafides with the white evangelical conservatives that make up the Republican base and the best way to do that seems to be to bash the gays. As the New York Times points out though, Romney has a rather complicated history on gay rights.
He has been consistent in his opposition to gay marriage over the years, but when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and then for governor in 2002 his tone on gay rights was decidedly different than it is on the presidential campaign trail today. Back then, he portrayed himself as someone who would fight for gay equality, including partnership rights for same-sex couples. In 1994, when he ran against Senator Edward Kennedy, Mr. Romney said he supported federal legislation to bar discrimination against gays. In 2002, he also promised members of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization, according to several people who were at a meeting with him, that he would not champion a fight for or against gay marriage.
Read the text of the ad after the jump.