So we have learned that Mittens will pay about 15% taxes on his millions for 2011, and that while he was telling voters he was “unemployed,” he was underwriting anti-gay activity — including the Mormon church, which bankrolled the ant-gay Proposition 8 campaign in California.
Mr. Romney, a Mormon, has long said that he had promised to give 10 percent of his income to his church. His tax return shows that over two years he and his wife, Ann, gave $7 million in charitable contributions, including $4.1 million to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
But it doesn’t stop there, as Michelangelo Signorile reports.
As it turns out, he gave almost as much of the nearly $43 million dollars he made in 2010 and 2011 to the highly politically active Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — at the center of a firestorm since 2008 for its backing of Prop 8 in California — as he paid in taxes: roughly 10 percent vs. 13.9 percent.
…And for moderates it’s a reminder that Romney is a strong adherent — morally and financially — to a church that is on a moral crusade against women’s right to choose and, most prominently in recent years, against gay rights. The Mormon Church was the focus of protests across the country after Proposition 8 passed in California, banning marriage for gays and lesbians. Church leaders had urged members to give money to the cause, and some estimates put that amount at over $20 million. The church itself gave over $180,000 to help pass Prop 8. The church was fined by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for not reporting its numerous financial contributions to the cause.
Romney is on record supporting a federal marriage amendment banning marriages for gays and lesbians in the Constitution, and opposes gay marriage. So his own beliefs are not out of line with those of the Mormon Church. But he’s also claimed he doesn’t believe in discrimination against gays and has tried to couch himself as more moderate than Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. He refused to sign the Family Leader’s controversial marriage pledge (though he did sign the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge).
But the Mormon Church has not been subtle about its gay bashing, politically organizing against gay rights for decades, for years promoting its own “pray away the gay” program. Up until the 1970s the LDS church was even using brutal electroshock therapy to supposedly “cure” gays.
Flip-flopping Mitt can’t run from his present anti-gay stance as long as his big buxx are underwriting hate.