In regard to this:
After talking about traditional marriage at a Concord, New Hampshire, town hall meeting, Romney was confronted by Cynthia Fish. Sheâ€™s gay. The exchange went like this:
“I am a gay woman and I have children. Your comment that you just made, it sort of invalidates my family. I wish you could explain to me more, why if we are sending our troops over to fight for liberty and justice for all throughout this country, why not for me? Why not for my family?” â€¦
“Wonderful, I’m delighted that you have a family and you’re happy with your family. That’s the American way. … People can live their lives as they choose and children can be a great source of joy, as you know. And I welcome that. There are other ways to raise kids that’s fine: single moms, grandparents raising kids, gay couples raising kids. That’s the American way, to have people have their freedom of choice.“
Now, on the surface I can’t see much wrong with Romney’s answer. However, the article from the Christian Broadcasting Network spins it this way:
Rewind the tape. Did he just say the following?
“There are other ways to raise kids that’s fine: single moms, grandparents raising kids, gay couples raising kids. That’s the American way, to have people have their freedom of choice.”
Heâ€™s basically said that gay couples raising kids is a â€œfineâ€ option. Listen, by posting this Iâ€™m not saying Romney is against traditional marriage. I think itâ€™s pretty clear that heâ€™s for it. But what has haunted Romneyâ€™s campaign from the beginning is this idea (fairly or unfairly) that heâ€™s not totally consistent.
So Romney acknowledged that people have different ideas of what a family is. I happen to believe in traditional marriage and family but I can’t see attacking Romney for giving a general answer to a gay woman with children.
I don’t believe Romney’s answer constitutes a change of position. What he basically said was that this is America and people, like the woman asking the question, have the right to raise children in a lesbian family. Furthermore, the troops are fighting for the freedoms of America.
However, what it does show is that Romney, as many conservatives suspect, is not entirely on the traditional marriage and family bandwagon. If he believes gay couples raising children is “fine” then he’s clearly not in line with many social conservatives.
He gave the politically correct answer as to not offend people which I think is endemic of Romney’s campaign. Does he truly believe in the things he espouses? I often suspect not.