Report: Romney Was Interested In Marching In A Gay Pride Parade In 2002

Yesterday, a Mitt Romney spokesperson disavowed the now-infamous Gay Pride flyers the governor allegedly distributed to the gay and lesbian community during his 2002 campaign for the governor’s office in Massachusetts, claiming that the brochures were not created by the campaign. An intern for Romeny’s 2002 race has disputed the claim and now Gay Cities has dug up an old Boston Globe article claiming that the GOP presidential candidate came close to marching in the parade:

Andre Davis, the committee’s operations director, says his office got a call from a Romney rep last month who inquired about registering the campaign in the gay Pride parade. But when Davis called Romney’s office, there was little interest. This week, Davis said, the Romney people called to indicate they wanted to sign up. But Davis hasn’t heard since then. “I’m assuming they’re out,” he said. “No pun intended.”

Chris Ferguson, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Massachusetts, positioned himself as the fall guy. He was in charge of getting parade info to the campaign but didn’t act soon enough. Romney already made vacation plans with his wife for today. “I take full responsibility for that,” said Ferguson, who added that the campaign was interested. “My only response to this is, whatever,” Davis said. The campaign now plans to have people on the sidelines carrying signs and handing out statements about Romney’s support of equal rights for gays.

Romney has equivocated on his support for LGBT equality, backing away from many of the more progressive positions he took as a candidate for Senate in 1994 and governor. For instance, while he now says he opposes civil unions and federal employment nondiscrimination protections, the candidate has previously backed a Federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act and expressed support for civil unions.