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Family leaders call Romney 'disaster'
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A coalition of leaders on family issues has released a letter warning about what they describe as the deception being assembled around former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“Most of us are not allied with any presidential candidate,” the letter says. “But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romney’s role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty.
“Actions he took as governor were beyond the pale,” the letter continued.
Signers include William Greene of RightMarch.com, Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Commission, Linda Harvey of Mission America, Gary Glenn of American Family Association of Michigan, Michael Heath of Christian Civic League of Maine, Ray Neary of Pro-Life Massachusetts, Nedd Kareiva of Stop the ACLU Coalition, Phillip Magnan of Biblical Family Advocates and others.
The letter cites seven issues seen as problematic in the Romney campaign, including a “phony pro-life ‘conversion.’”
“Mitt Romney established abortion as a ‘health-care benefit’ in his own government-run health-care plan at $50 per abortion – after his supposed ‘pro-life conversion,’” the letter said. “He created a permanent, official government role for an unelected Planned Parenthood representative on the health-care board.”
Second, according to the letter, “Romney told Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster agency they had to give children to homosexuals even when normal mother-father families were lined up to give them a home,” the letter said.
Third, “Though Romney pretends he opposed homosexual ‘marriage,’ he did the opposite,” the letter said. “Since the notorious Goodridge court opinion discovering a constitutional right to ‘gay marriage,’ Romney has methodically lied about the judges’ legal authority and his own legal duty to enforce the Constitution. As professor of jurisprudence Hadley Arkes pointed out, under the state Constitution, the court has no jurisdiction over marriage law.”
“Mitt Romney created homosexual ‘marriage.’ His ‘conservative’ legal experts are aggressively covering up both his role and the plain language of the Supreme Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” the letter said.
The letter also said Romney opposed a citizen’s drive to remove the “four rogue judges,” he personally “issued more than 190 special one-day certificates to allow homosexual ‘marriages,’” and boosted government funding for homosexual indoctrination.
“The truth is this: Mitt Romney’s fictional defense of natural marriage, childhood innocence, life in the womb and constitutional governance is sustained only by our silence in the face [of] overwhelming propaganda,” the letter said.
Other signers include John O’Gorman of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Peter LaBarbera of Republicans for Family Values, Diane Gramley of American Family Association of Pennsylvania, John Haskins of The Parents’ Rights Coalition, Gregg Jackson of the “Pundit Review,” William Cotter of Operation Rescue Boston, Brian Camenker of MassResistance, Mark Charalambous of CPF-Father Coalition Massachusetts, Judge Ned Kirby, the former assistant minority leader in the Massachusetts Senate and Edgar Kelley, former assistant U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts.
The letter also criticized those in the conservative community who are supporting Romney, accusing them of “gross malpractice, ruthless ambition and dishonesty.”
“Behind the empty gestures and deceptive rhetoric, Romney was not pro-life or a defender of marriage by any stretch of the imagination. He was a disaster,” said O’Gorman, of the board for Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
He said Romney “deceptively” claims to have been awarded a pro-life award from the group.
“The award Romney arranged for himself with the local Pioneer Valley Chapter was the Mullins Award for Political Leadership, not a pro-life award and not approved by MCFL’s state board of directors,” he said. “We’re blowing the whistle to warn voters…”
“For some bizarre reason the mere fact that Romney’s never been divorced and goes to a temple regularly is supposed to negate the fact that he’s extremely liberal,” said Harvey. “He used his Republican and Mormon identity to push through radical policies on gay marriage, abortion and pro-homosexual school programs that Ted Kennedy always dreamed about.”
The Romney campaign repeatedly has declined to respond to WND requests for comment on such issues, including a failure to respond to multiple requests for a one-on-one interview in which the candidate would have been allowed to give his definitive perspective of the issues being raised.
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