The Courage Campaign and the super PAC American Bridge 21st Century have joined forces to produce “Mitt Gets Worse.” The multimedia campaign seeks to warn LGBT Americans about the dangers that a victory this fall by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) could pose for them and their families, as well as to provide the means for voters to push back against the Romney campaign’s message of intolerance.
American Bridge Communications Director Chris Harris told Raw Story he believes that it’s crucial for voters to understand just how virulently anti-gay a Romney administration would be.
“He’s no Massachusetts moderate,” said Harris. “He’s as far right on this issue as any candidate we’ve seen.”
The “Mitt Gets Worse” — a play on words meant to echo sex columnist and activist Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project — website describes the project as “an oral history of Mitt Romney’s efforts to diminish the rights and the freedoms of LGBT Americans, told by the brave people who have fought back against Mitt’s anti-equality agenda.”
The first videos feature lesbians and gays who were personally affected by the policies of Governor Romney’s administration in Massachusetts. These are people, said Harris, “who dealt with Mitt Romney head-on when he was governor.”
Equal marriage rights proponent Julie Goodridge tells in her video about the fight to have her and her partner’s marriage recognized in Massachusetts. In his 1994 campaign, Romney had billed himself as residing to the left of Ted Kennedy on the question of LGBT rights. Goodridge found, however, that once he was in office as governor, Romney’s true views came to the fore.
Goodridge was the co-lead plaintiff in Goodridge v. Department of Health, a groundbreaking marriage rights lawsuit from 2003 which concluded that “barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violated the Massachusetts Constitution.” Gov. Romney fought the lawsuit and its assertions “every step of the way,” said Goodridge.
“Mitt Romney did everything he could possibly do to block our ability to get married,” she said. In an emotionally charged confrontation with the governor, Goodridge made a heartfelt, face-to-face appeal to Romney, asking “What would you suggest that I tell my eight year old daughter about why her mom and her mommy can’t get married?”
Romney looked at her blankly and said, “I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her what you’ve been telling her for the last eight years?”
Goodridge’s daughter was born to her in 2004. Complications ensued and while emergency medical measures were undertaken to ensure the survival of mother and daughter, Goodridge’s partner Hillary was taken away and then denied access to both her partner and their child on the grounds that she was not a member of “the immediate family.”
“I have never in my life stood before someone who had no capacity for empathy like Mitt Romney,” said Goodridge of the then-governor, “He didn’t care about my daughter, he didn’t care about what we should tell her. All he cared about was his political future and blocking our right to get married.”
The “Mitt Gets Worse” website includes tools for supporters to make and post their own videos. Harris of American Bridge asserted that it’s important for citizens to be able to spread and share their own stories. “We want to give voters a chance to push back,” he said.
Earlier this year, it came to light that Romney made a $10,000 donation to the anti-LGBT group, The National Organization for Marriage (NOM). NOM came under fire when documents were released that detailed the organization’s plan to use same sex marriage as a wedge issue to divide two important Democratic constituencies, LGBTs and the African-American community.
Harris believes that Romney is swimming against the tide of history and that his election would prove disastrous to the country in general and LGBTs in particular.
“The country is moving in the direction of equality,” he said, “not just acceptance, but actual support. Romney has moved in the opposite direction ever since he first ran in 1994. Every day, you can bet on it, he gets worse. Our concerns are not just about Mitt’s views, but also the people he would appoint. It’s not just same sex marriage, but DOMA, the courts, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Mitt Romney is on the wrong side of history on all these issues.”
Watch Julie Goodridge’s “Mitt Gets Worse” video, embedded below:
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019