The personal greatness of any individual can be assessed by his or her ability to stand on the right side of history.
To evaluate Gov. Mitt Romney’s propensity toward personal greatness, one only needs to look at his stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
The expansion of LGBT rights is the civil rights movement of our era, and Romney, along with Rep. Paul Ryan, are on wrong side of history.
Both these men have, in some sense, built their careers out of a disgusting display of bigotry to the LGBT community, even while the country moves beyond them toward dignity and justice.
As it stands now, nearly 54 percent of Americans support homosexual marriage, while 73 percent of those 18 to 34-years-old do.
Even within the Republican Party, which has consistently donned itself in the robe of hatred toward the LGBT community, almost 50 percent of Republicans younger than 35 support same-sex marriage.
In this sense, Romney is not simply on the wrong side of history but also on the wrong side of the future of his party. Though this might be a symptom of growing tolerance among the Millennial generation, it also shows Romney as a decaying remain of a generation losing power to its children, who are showing themselves as better than their parent’s generation was.
Attempting to understand Romney’s views regarding LGBT rights is — as is trying to understand his views on anything — a remarkably difficult task, given the politician’s astounding use of double-think.
While he ran against Ted Kennedy during the 1994 senate race, Romney stated he would be a better advocate for LGBT rights than Kennedy. Though he lost that election, he demonstrated his personal disgust for homosexuals as governor and as a presidential candidate.
He clarified his views in 2011, when Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge, which binds his support to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, support of the Defense of Marriage Act and a promise to appoint Supreme Court justices against gay marriage.