In 1994, Romney was in favor of open service in the armed forces and considered “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a means to obtain that goal, yet in 2011, he stated it was a mistake to repeal that act.
In addition, Romney is against a federal employment anti-discrimination act, which would protect members of the LGBT from being discriminatorily fired. This is a particularly important case because, as it stands currently, homosexuals can be fired for their sexual orientation in 29 states, while transgenders can be fired for their gender identity in 34 states.
Romney’s stance against such a measure, which he believes places an "undue burden" on businesses, is as important as his obvious disgust at the thought of same-sex marriage, since both are currently the most important issues facing the LGBT community.
As an open homosexual myself, I must admit I am not merely offended by Romney’s discriminatory views, but overtly disgusted by them. What he, along with all others who claim tolerance while espousing bigotry, fails to recognize is that LGBT rights are not simply a political viewpoint for me or the other members of my community.
It is a question of our very lives, and our defense of these issues is a defense of the future happiness we hope to have. Because of this, I will fight with the whole of my will against any person who works to deprive me of my right to pursue happiness.
It is embedded within United States’ essence that freedom, equality, tolerance and justice are the cornerstones of our republic.
Though our history has had a tendency toward bigotry against many minority groups, it has also had a tendency to eradicate bigotry. Whether it be in the defense of Native Americans, African Americans, women, Latinos or any other minority group, the United States has slowly but surely progressed toward expansion of equality to all sectors of the populace.
What Romney and Ryan represent is a horrifying parade of hatred and bigotry against a complete sector of this nation. As a member of this sector and as an American citizen and human being, I am offended by the prospect of their administration.
I hope this nation will recognize the importance of eradicating bigotry and expanding justice. All those who place themselves on the wrong side of history will quickly recognize their error as the world progresses beyond them.