By Nathan Wilson (Twitter: @rnwilson)
This week the Romney Campaign confirmed it would let States decide whether to allow visitation from same-sex partners for hospital visits, citing the Tenth Amendment all the while completely ignoring the Fourteenth Amendment.
According to Bay Buchanan, a Romney adviser:
“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage.”
So Mitt Romney wants to have a limited government and allow states to make up their own mind to handle “state issues” but needs a federal amendment to make good on some pledges he signed while running for the nomination. Basically shooting the bird to all the states that have already allowed same-sex marriage including the very state he was Governor. After all, he has a special interest groups helping him write his check to become President. So he is selling some magic beans of “limited government” and “state’s rights” to John and Jane Q. Public.
This is why I think most Republicans and pretty much every member of the Tea Party are a joke because these people claim they are all about the Constitution but where were they when Bush suspended Habeas corpus?
Republicans scream to the top of their lungs about state’s rights, yet they lean on DOMA for life support to keep the evil gay marriage out of their neighborhood.
Barack Obama has gone out of his way to support the LGBT community which was not limited to signing an executive order in April 2010 that all hospitals receiving government funding be required to recognize gay and lesbians.
The callous act of even threatening to suspend this executive order is exactly why we do not need a Romney Administration anywhere near the White House.