By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
Mitt Romney Bullied Gay Classmate?
Gay Student Beaten! [Video] Hate Crime?
Romney’s prep-school behavior fair game
It’s laughable for Kathleen Parker to ask if Mitt Romney’s prep-school prank (which would now be classified as a hate crime in many states) is an appropriate presidential campaign issue. [“Hero vs. bully? Let’s get real,” Opinion, May 14.]
Supporters of candidate and President Obama have had to endure years of public questioning about his ancestry, his birth place, his church, his college and law school accomplishments.
When Republicans begin treating President Obama as the legitimately elected leader of our country, instead of some political anomaly, then we’ll give candidate Romney a pass. Until that day, Romney’s mean and boorish prep-school behavior is fair game.
— Karen Knutson, Seattle
Mitt Romney, do you “know” Jesus?
Editor-at-large, HuffPost Gay Voices; SiriusXM radio host
Whether or not what Mitt Romney did as a teenagermatters now, the way some conservatives are defending him, you’d think homosexuals didn’t exist until Halston, Calvin Klein, and Liza were discovered dancing at Studio 54 circa 1978.
“For those to the premises more recently arrived, a quick primer on 1965, when this occurred,” wrotesyndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, responding to critics who’ve described Romney’s forcible cutting of the dyed-blond hair of a nonconforming student as anti-gay bullying. “Nobody knew who was or wasn’t ‘gay,’ a word that wasn’t yet in popular circulation as a noun and generally meant ‘merry.’ Homosexuality wasn’t on most high-school kids’ radar, period. If anything, Romney may not have liked Lauber’s ‘hippie’ locks, which is the more likely case given the era.” FULL ARTICLE
@RevAl is a hero!
Simultaneous rallies were also held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart to celebrate the Marriage Equality National Day of Action on Saturday.
Co-convener of pro-gay marriage group Equal Love, Jessica Payne, says the amount of people who turned up to support the rally was testament to how much support the movement had.
“If one of the world’s most powerful people (Obama) is supporting gay marriage, then it just shows how backwards Julia Gillard and the government is,” she told the rally to thunderous applause.
Obama last week announced his unequivocal support for gay marriage in the lead-up to the US presidential elections.
Gillard has reaffirmed her opposition to gay marriage in the wake of Obama’s announcement.
By: Pam Spaulding Saturday May 12, 2012 6:27 am
Just an FYI, in the wake of Amendment One, actually Wednesday and Thursday, I was deluged with requests by news outlets and radio programs for comments about North Carolina, the President’s coming out for marriage equality, or both. That I kind of expected. What I was also asked about by some reporters was the inevitable “the black community voted overwhelmingly for the amendment” meme and what does that mean. The reporters asked this without ANY data on the NC results at the time (I still haven’t seen raw data and it’s Saturday).
Not that I would be surprised if the breakdown was disproportionately for the amendment of course. Everyone knows the sensitivity around the issue, but fact that some reporters were fixated on drawing out the conflict, real or imagined without hard data is not useful, and in fact harmful. Look at the result in Prop 8 — there were actually incidents of violence against black people in the aftermath of the vote, some in the public ready to assign blame before any actual demographic information on the vote was analyzed (and lo and behold, the meme was later debunked by Nate Silver in his analysis of the data). The factors most relevant in the breakdown of the vote was education level and how often one went to church.
In the case of the one-two punch of A1 in North Carolina and the President’s marriage equality statement, people reflexively fixated on the black/gay divide– and the possible impact this will have on Barack Obama’s re-election. FULL ARTICLE
HEY, MITT ROMNEY!
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS GUY’S HAIR?
WHAT RU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
“RUN, FORREST! RUN!”
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