Romney's Supposed 'Liberal Republican' Father Attacked Women's Rights Advocates as 'Moral Perverts'
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“Surely this resolution [the ERA] and its supporting statements are designed to legitimize sex and social relationships other than those that form the basis of divinely ordained marriage, parenthood, family and home..."
Romney also argued that the ERA would legitimize practices contrary to what he called “the truths about sex and sexual preferences voiced by God through his prophets.” [“Romney fears ERA would be boost for gays”, Miami News Services, January 1, 1980]
In 1993, Apostle Boyd Packer—who currently serves as the Number Two man in the LDS Church hierarchy— was quoted in Krakauer’s book as saying the three biggest threats facing the Mormons were “the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement, and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals.”
The LDS Church’s attitude towards women is more well-known—this past week, the Daily Beast’s Stacey Solie wrote an article calling on zombie-moderator Jim Lehrer to ask Romney about his church’s views on women, and if he agreed with them.
It’s been accepted as a given that the Romneys were never the types to fall in line with the church’s more extreme reactionary politics—and that Mitt’s father and “inspiration,” Gov. George Romney, was a “liberal” and a brave supporter of civil rights.
Indeed in 1967, Gov. George Romney specifically promised that the Mormon Church's reactionary politics would not impact his commitment to liberal politics and civil rights. In an article headlined "Romney Insists Mormon Faith Won't Mar His Liberal Stand" Mitt's father, comparing himself to JFK, told Protestant and Catholic clergymembers :
"My faith has influenced me to believe that every human being is a child of God as I am, and should have every opportunity I have...I believe I'm entitled to be judged on the basis of my action, not someone else's ideas of what may be the precepts of my church."
That of course turned out to be a lie: 12 years later, Mitt's father took his marching orders from the LDS Church attacking the Equal Rights Amendment as a gay/lesbian plot and its supporters as "moral perverts."
Maybe a better question then to ask Mitt Romney is, does he support his father’s stance on the ERA as a plot by “moral perverts” to destroy the American family, given that his father serves as Mitt's "inspiration"? And more importantly, if the LDS Church calls on a President Romney to take a stand on a national issue, will Mitt, like his father, fall in line and carry the reactionary water, whatever the consequences for everyone else?