When the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Mitt Romney, the group argued that it believed he would LGBT support nondiscrimination protections, engaging in some remarkable spin about their optimism for his candidacy. But the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown doesn’t take the Log Cabin Republicans “that seriously,” telling BuzzFeed that he believes strongly in Romney’s anti-equality credentials:
BROWN: I was in Connecticut during the 2004 Massachusetts fight. [Romney] was very strong, he spoke at rallies, he was strong the whole way through. Were there some people that were disappointed that he didn’t just, by fiat, say, “We’re not going to obey the judges!”? There are always people that do that, but in the real world, Romney went above and beyond.
He’s always been a strong supporter of protecting marriage, and he was an early signer of the Marriage Pledge. We obviously believe that he will follow through in his commitment; I don’t see why anyone would say otherwise.
Of course, Romney signed NOM’s pledge, committing to support a federal constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry and to defend Christians’ “religious liberty” to discriminate against same-sex couples.
Though Brown has a public written commitment from Romney that Log Cabin Republicans doesn’t, his expectations of rolling back marriage equality suggest his judgment is questionable. He also told BuzzFeed that he believes opponents of equality could win in all four states this week, and even where they lose, he believes NOM can still successfully rescind the freedom to marry. For example, he is committed to Iowa passing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage if and when the state leadership changes and Senate Leader Mike Gronstal (D) is no longer there to prevent such a measure from advancing. Also, if the Supreme Court rules for marriage equality in either the Proposition 8 case or any of the Defense of Marriage Act challenges, Brown is ready for the “big opportunity” to bring a renewed fight for a Federal Marriage Amendment.
Polling over the past two years has consistently shown that marriage equality has a majority of support in this country. With young people more likely to support it, the trend is only likely to continue. Brown may have the more apt perception of Romney’s positions on LGBT issues, but the Log Cabin Republicans certainly have more reason to be optimistic about the future of equality.