At a campaign stop at a diner in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a bee-line towards a man wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap and “sidled up next to him“. Although gays have always served in the military, apparently it never occurred to Romney that a veteran might be gay and that the man sitting next to this veteran could be his husband.
After some friendly banter about their ages, Bob Garon asked the former Massachusetts governor whether he supports repealing New Hampshire’s same sex marriage law.
Romney said he did, saying, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view.”
Garon challenged Romney, saying, “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”
Romney reiterated his support for the Defense of Marriage Act, and added, “And we apparently disagree.”
“It’s good to know how you feel,” Garon said. “That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”
“Until the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed or declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, benefits based on marital status are unavailable to legally married gay veterans and their same-sex spouses,” according to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
Shortly after this exchange, aides worked to extricate Romney from the conversation. And well they should, since Romney was essentially saying that he believes in second class citizenship for those who don’t live according to his personal Mormon religious beliefs, combat service to the country be damned.
Speculating on Romney’s presidential bid, Garon said “The guy ain’t going to make it. He is not going to make it…You can’t trust him. I just saw it in his eyes. I judge a man by his eyes.”
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.