Mr. Spineless Backs Away From Being “Fine” With Gay Adoption
I think it’s safe to say the Romney campaign has gotten an email or two from the Tea Party and the religious right over the last 24 hours and aieeee, they’re running scared:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Thursday that while he opposes same-sex marriage, he is “fine” with gay couples adopting children. The presumptive nominee also declined to criticize President Obama’s reversal on the issue, saying he would “respect the right of the president to reach the conclusion he has.”
In his most detailed comments to date on the issue of civil rights for gay people, Romney told Fox News host Neil Cavuto, “I know many gay couples that are able to adopt children. That’s fine. But my preference is that we … continue to define marriage as the relationship between a man and a woman.”
Oops. That didn’t sit well with the crazies Romney’s pandering to so this is Romney today:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday backed away from his support of adoptions by gay couples, saying that he simply “acknowledges” the legality of such adoptions in many states.
On Friday,he was asked, in an interview with CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., how his opposition to gay marriage “squared” with his support for gay adoptions. Romney told anchor Paul Cameron, “Well, actually I think all states but one allow gay adoption, so that’s a position which has been decided by most of the state legislatures, including the one in my state some time ago. So I simply acknowledge the fact that gay adoption is legal in all states but one.”
I usually have compassion for people caught in the pressure cooker of media frenzies who have to think on their feet and who say things they regret or haven’t thought through, but Mitt has had years and years and years to think about these issues and to learn to think on his feet. He should be ready and able to articulate his beliefs on stuff like this so again, calling him the Etch A Sketch candidate is so fitting. That’s exactly what he is. Whichever way the wind blows…