John Fugelsang to Mary Cheney: Did Mitt Romney send you a gay wedding present?

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 13:38 EDT
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Monday, actor John Fugelsang stood in for former NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Spitzer’s Current TV program “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” and had a few things to say about LGBT marriage, Republicans in general and Mitt Romney in particular.

Fugelsang began by congratulating Mary Cheney and her partner Heather Poe on their recent marriage. On behalf of all of the progressives who worked tirelessly to make that possible — while Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney did nothing — Fugelsang said, “You’re welcome.”

“Because while Dick Cheney’s party spent decades calling people like Mary deviant or unnatural, the liberals were fighting for her,” he continued, “When Karl Rove made same-sex marriage a wedge issue to divide Americans in the 2004 election, liberals were writing the checks to defeat that homophobic agenda. And when Fox News spent hundreds of hours lying about people like Mary Cheney and calling them a threat to traditional marriage, the very people Mary’s dad so deeply despises were the ones standing up for her liberty. So you’re welcome, Cheneys, we were happy to do it.”

Then he asked whether Poe and Cheney received a wedding gift from the Republican Party’s nominee for president, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA). What about a card? A text saying, “Hollaback, Mary!”?

“See, this could be a good time,” he went on, “to remind the Cheney family that their party is about to run a candidate for president who is on the record supporting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.”

But while Romney may be on the record (and on the ballot) as a homophobe, Fugelsang said that it is important to remember that he is not actually homophobic. He’s worse. He’s so determined to avoid alienating the conservative base that he publicly mouths opinions that he doesn’t personally support.

Romney previously expressed support for LGBT Americans in Massachusetts in 1994, when he assured conservative LGBT group the Log Cabin Republicans that he would fight for their equality. He fought in favor of civil unions, then fought against them, then fought for them again.

Fugelsang said that “in light of his previous compassionate stances, one can only conclude that Gov. Romney isn’t a homophobe — he just can’t risk losing the homophobic vote,” then concluded, “And a calculating non-bigot who profits from bigotry — I think — is just a little bit worse than an actual ignorant bigot.”

Watch the clip, embedded via Current TV, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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