values" advocate Peter LaBarbera is urging
pro-family leaders who have endorsed presidential candidate
Mitt Romney to rescind their support. According to a
press release distributed by Christian News Wire,
Romney's recent comments about state-recognized civil
unions and gay rights on NBC's Meet the Press
have disqualified "him as a pro-family leader."
LaBarbera, who is
the founder of the website Republicans for Family
Values, wrote: "Laws that treat homosexuality as a
civil right are being used to promote homosexual
'marriage,' same-sex adoption, and pro-homosexuality
indoctrination of schoolchildren. These same laws pose
a direct threat to the freedom of faith-minded citizens and
organizations to act on their religious belief that
homosexual behavior is wrong.
"Romney may have
had a late conversion on abortion, but it appears his
ninth-inning flip-flop on homosexuality is falling short due
to his strong commitment to 'gay rights,'" LaBarbera
said. He went on to cite Romney's history as governor
of Massachusetts, implicating him for the state's
legalized same-sex marriage and gay adoption laws.
offense at an exchange between Meet the Press's Tim
Russert and Romney on December 16 that included the
RUSSERT:You said [in 1994]
that you would sponsor [Sen. Ted Kennedy's federal]
Employment Nondiscrimination Act.Do you still
ROMNEY:At the state
think it makes sense at the state level for states to
put in provision of this.
RUSSERT: Now you
said you would sponsor it at the federal level.
ROMNEY:I would not support
at the federal level, and I changed in that regard
because I think that policy makes more sense to be
evaluated or to be implemented at the state level.
In his letter to
pro-family leaders, LaBarbera asked, "Given
Romney's extensive pro-homosexual record and willingness now
to depart from principle on this crucial issue, should
we trust a 'President Romney' not to reverse course
again on federal pro-homosexual laws such as 'Hate
Crimes' and ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)?"