Mitt Romney’s neoconservative foreign policy spokesman resigned for being gay

Set the wayback machine to last week. The Romney campaign hired an openly gay foreign policy spokesman, and as the linked article mentions, some saw it as a turning point that someone openly gay (and a public support of same-sex marriage!) could work in a public role on a Republican presidential campaign.

Well, that didn’t last long – he resigned this week after an anti-gay backlash in the Republican party. To be clear, the Romney campaign didn’t ask him to resign, but they didn’t let him actually make any statements for fear of angering the base.

Keep in mind: nobody doubts his conservative credentials, as he was John Bolton’s spokesman (as Andrew Sullivan points out). The objections were all because he supported same-sex marriage, although part of me wonders if they would have objected if he was straight and supported same-sex marriage. (of course, then he probably wouldn’t have been a Republican anyway. Zing!)

Just a reminder that, even though neither Romney nor Obama support same-sex marriage, there’s still a huge difference between the parties when it comes to gay rights. That is all.

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