Thursday, March 03, 2005

Local Tune

Visiting in Salt Lake City, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was at his most tautological. The last Friday of February he told Utah Republicans, “America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.”

Speaking to the county Republican Party dinner, he got considerable applause for saying that he was opposed to same-sex marriage. His remarks in the Mormon stronghold played much better than in Southern Baptist dominated South Carolina a few days before.

It remains to be seen whether Romney can rinse off the stain of heading a state so opposite from what he claims to believe. In Utah, he asserted that the Supreme Judicial Court decision permitting same-sex marriage was “a blow to the family,” but did not cite any bad effects of the ruling or reasons for his statement. One might suppose that his conclusion was to be taken on faith.

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