Gay Marriage Icon Slams Mitt Romney On 'Mitt Gets Worse' Site

On 'Mitt Gets Worse' site, gay marriage icon slams Romney.

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks to the press and diners at Lizard's Thicket restaurant in Columbia.

"Mitt Gets Worse," a new website from two Democratic Super PACs, turns the notion that "It Gets Better" for gay and lesbian children on its head.

The site features video testimonials from prominent members of the gay community, including Julie Goodridge, a gay marriage icon who led the fight for the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, arguing that if Mitt Romney were to become president, their lives would only get worse.

In the video, Goodridge remembers a meeting she had with Romney as governor, in which she asked what she should tell her 8-year-old daughter about why her moms couldn't marry. According to Goodridge, Romney replied: "I don't really care... why don't you just tell her what you've been telling her for the last eight years."

"I have never in my life stood before someone who had no capacity for empathy like Mitt Romney," Goodridge says.

A request for comment from the Romney campaign was not immediately returned.

"Mitt Gets Worse" features three other first-person accounts of personal experiences with Romney on LGBT issues. The American Bridge 21st Century, the Super PAC that launched the site, says there are more to come.

"Whether [LGBT] people can start a family, or visit someone in the hospital after an accident, these are very real issues," American Bridge 21st Century spokesman Chris Harris told Whispers. "And Romney has only gotten worse on these issues."

Romney was indeed more liberal on gay rights in the past—back in 1994, he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, wanted to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and said he would be better on gay rights than Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy.

According to his current campaign site, Romney believes it is "important to preserve traditional marriage – the joining together of one man and one woman." He has said he opposes not only gay marriage, but also civil unions.

At Romney's NAACP speech last week, however, he made a small nod to the LGBT community when he told the crowd: "I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed, or sexual orientation."

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at eflock@usnews.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


    This post originally named ‘Jennifer Chrisler’, while actually describing ‘Julie Goodridge’. This version has been corrected.