Mitt Romney has hired an openly-gay man — Richard Grenell, a former George W. Bush administration official — to serve as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s “national security and foreign policy spokesman,” Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner notes. In 2008, Grenell told the Advocate that he hopes to marry his partner in New York, once the state legalizes marriage equality. “It is not an option for us in New York, but hopefully someday soon it will be,” he told Kerry Eleveld. “In my mind, and in Matt’s mind, this is it. We’re married.” Romney would not recognize their relationship, however. He supports a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
In 2012, Grenell penned an op-ed in the Washington Blade criticizing LGBT equality organizations for failing to hold President Obama accountable for his reluctance to embrace marriage equality.