Washington – Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition marriage equality for same-sex couples again this morning while delivering commencement remarks at Liberty University, an anti-gay school that bans openly LGBT students from attending. Romney made his remarks just days after President Obama announced his historic support for marriage equality. A USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday shows that a majority of Americans – and en even stronger majority of independent voters – approve of the President’s position on marriage equality.
HRC President Joe Solmonese released the following statement after Romney’s remarks:
“This morning, Mitt Romney spoke out against marriage equality at a school that does not even allow openly LGBT students to enroll. It is unbelievable that in this day in age – when a majority of Americans support marriage equality and a majority of Americans explicitly approve of President Obama’s leadership on marriage equality – Mitt Romney instead is taking up the mantle of far-right anti-gay organizations who seek to demonize LGBT families. Mitt Romney continues to insist he’s against discrimination, but his remarks on marriage equality and the company he keeps paints a very clear and a very disturbing picture of the anti-LGBT forces that are driving Romney’s campaign.”
Among those honored at Liberty’s commencement this morning was S. Truett Cathy, founder of the fast-food chain Chick-fil- A, which has made significant financial contributions to anti-LGBT organizations. Romney made his remarks hours after Rick Santorum called on the GOP nominee to use marriage equality as a “potent weapon” in his campaign.