Thursday, May 10, 2012

Defense of Marriage - Homosexuality - #3876 - Washington Story on Romney Begins to Unravel - Redstate (2) Senate May Try to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act - Politico


So this morning the Washington Post runs a story detailing what kind of a jerk Mitt Romney was in high school. This is a surprise, right? A high school kid being a jerk. This has never ever happened before. Why, you might well ask, would the Washington Post devote valuable time and space to writing about this event? And why, you might well follow up, is this worth posting about when everyone should be talking about the environment? The answer is easy. It builds a meme and it translates Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage from a liability into a perceived strength. If you missed this is the graf that has the left exercised:  Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it........The main source for this vignette is a former classmate of Romney’s named Stu White. According to the Washington Post: “I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and has long been bothered by the Lauber incident.” But ABC News reports “White was not present for the prank, in which Romney is said to have forcefully cut a student’s long hair and was not aware of it until this year when he was contacted by the Washington Post. Read more.......


Senate May Try to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act - Politico - A day after President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested Thursday that Democrats may move to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the Clinton-era law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Such a move would energize the liberal base and provide a contrast to House Republicans, who passed their own measure this week aimed at bolstering DOMA. But it could also alienate conservative Democrats in the middle of an election year. In any case, it would have no chance of getting through a divided Congress. "If it gets on the floor, we’ll be happy to take a look at it," Reid said Thursday. "It’s an important piece of legislation." Reid, a Mormon who believes that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman, said in the wake of the president's remarks that the government should not prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. On Thursday, he also said he expects the Democratic Party's platform to include a stance supporting gay marriage. "The president is in favor of it, I’m sure it will be" in the platform, he said.  Read more.........

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