I don’t want to make too big of a habit of tying my posts to politics (even though lgbt rights tend to be intricately intertwined) because I don’t like discussing politics in general. But I’ve been trying to educate myself on the candidates to make sure that I make a fully informed decision in November and I have a few thoughts to share.
Mitt Romney has pretty much lost the support of those who identify as LGBT and their allies (myself included), as well as many women. I wasn’t quite clear on what exactly had been said from him and his team to cause this stand against him, just what I was hearing from friends and family so I looked up his platform. I was reading basically a cliff notes version of all the issues and his view on them when I came across the ‘Gay Marriage’ and ‘Gay Adoption’ portion. He is very clear on his stance for gay marriage- he doesn’t want it. He plans on creating an amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. This is not news to me; I’ve heard it from people everywhere. Personally, I think it’s stupid. But I don’t want to beat a dead horse here and rehash everything that has already been said. People know, people get it, I don’t need to remind you why his viewpoint is a little archaic in today’s day and age. The thing that struck me was his view on adoption for gay couples. While he used to be fully opposed to it he is now, apparently, not quite as vocal and is leaving the decision to the individual states.
Romney clearly is recognizing how people are reacting to his opinions on subjects. Hell, he’s recognized that a lot of us just plain don’t like him. I can respect his view points on many issues and I’m not going to lie, he has some good thoughts about certain problems that I would be interested to see implemented. But the thing that gets me in this situation is this- he is solid in his beliefs for every other issue, except this one. Why doesn’t he just come out and say that he doesn’t think gay couples should adopt? Is it because he doesn’t want anymore hate thrown his way? Or is he maybe starting to see that maybe he’s not right to deny gay couples at least one ounce of happiness?
This is not about him being opposed to this and my opinion on gay couples being allowed to adopt (which they should, always and forever) but the fact that he is not taking a clear stance on this issue. Grow a pair and say what you want to say. If by some chance he does get elected to office, I’m gonna be worried. For many reasons but mainly this- if he can’t come out and firmly allign himself with one side of the argument when it comes to adoption how is he going to deal with the bigger issues that would come his way as President? Is he always going to defer to the states own legislation to make the decisions? In some cases, that’s perfectly fine. But how will it work if he does make it so states make the decision about whether a gay couple can adopt or not? If a couple goes to another state, can they adopt there? And if they do will the adoption stand everywhere? I’m obviously not entirely educated on the laws of adoption but I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking these things.
Now, if this were a political posting I would then talk about Obama and his stance on both these issues but I’m not doing that here. These were thoughts that were floating through my head that I think are important to think about in the weeks leading up to the election.
I’m curious to see what people think. If you have an opinion don’t hesitate to let me know. And please make sure that when you go to make your decision in November that you’re completely educated on everything. And if you’re interested in the article I read that prompted this post, you can find it on ABC News.