Mitt Romney’s audience at the NAACP conference booed him on Wednesday after the GOP presidential candidate said that he would repeal Obama’s health-care law, a hot-button subject right now. And, yet, that was not the moment in the speech most worthy of disapproval.
Earlier in the address, Romney said he wants “to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation.” Then he spoke about the importance of the family to social cohesion and economic growth, and he promised to promote strong families as president. But how? Amazingly, the only policy Romney deemed worthy of mention was one that would actually make it harder for certain Americans to build families: defending “traditional marriage.”
Though the country’s probably better for it, there are fair reasons for skepticism about the health-care law. There are no convincing reasons to deny gays and lesbians the right to wed — that doing so would inhibit the entirely independent activity of straight couples certainly isn’t one. And it’s all the more absurd that fighting same-sex marriage could possibly be construed as an affirmative policy to promote stable families. Such notions don’t directly affect my girlfriend and me, but they are an affront to equality that I find easy to condemn. Romney should, too.