While courting evangelical voters in Florida just three months ago, Mitt Romney said he would “propose and promote” a federal marriage amendment banning gay marriage in the U.S. Constitution, markedly distinguishing himself from President Obama, who is opposed to such an amendment and who Romney accused of “aggressively trying to pave the path to same-sex marriage.” Romney’s newest spokesman, however, has admittedly been paving his own path to a gay marriage. And it looks like his opportunity to walk down the aisle has finally arrived.
Richard Grenell, the openly gay man named as Romney’s new foreign policy spokesperson, made quite a splash in recent days, both with attention to his having scrubbed his tweets and the attacks already beginning from the antigay zealots.
I’ll weigh in tomorrow with thoughts on what this choice by Romney means. But I had to point to something that glared out at me while reading an interview with Grenell from 2008. The gay Republican who served in George W. Bush’s administration as spokesman for the ambassador to the United Nations lamented to Kerry Eleveld of the Advocate that he couldn’t get married at that time in the state of New York, where he met his partner, Matt Lashey. But it was clear that when it became possible, the two would tie the knot.
“It is not an option for us in New York, but hopefully someday soon it will be,” he said.
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