Washington Blade
July 11, 2012
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stressed during a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention in Houston on Wednesday that he would represent Americans of “every race, creed and sexual orientation” if elected. The former Massachusetts governor also stressed his opposition to nuptials for gays and lesbians. “As president, I will promote strong families and defend traditional marriage,” said Romney. R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, responded to the former Massachusetts governor’s comments in a statement he released shortly after the speech. “With his opening remarks to the NAACP today, Gov. Romney sent a message that he recognizes the importance of an inclusive Republican vision for victory in November. He deserves credit for taking the step to include sexual orientation by name,” said Cooper. “That said, it is unfortunate that he countered his outreach to gay and lesbian Americans with a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry. If Gov. Romney truly desires to represent all Americans, Log Cabin Republicans encourages him to avoid divisive social issues and focus on jobs and the economy.” The speech comes nearly two months after the NAACP Board of Directors passed a marriage equality resolution.