May 12, 2004

Romney's Petty Gay Marriage Moves

Sometimes I think Romney’s just being a nut. How else do you explain this odd behavior, brought to my attention by soxfan on her weblog.

Under Massachusetts law, the governor can issue a license to temporarily allow a person to perform a marriage. It takes 6 weeks for an application to be approved.

For whatever reason, the state has decided not to tell gay couples whether the person who they’ve chosen to officiate at their wedding has been approved or not. In other words, just because they can, they are pettily allowing people planning their weddings to wonder whether they were going to have to scramble for someone else licensed to perform their wedding.

In some cases, applications have been approved, but people were told that the applications would not even be reviewed until May 17. If it were you, and you were getting married in May, you would have to (wrongly) assume you were out of luck.

The staff member in charge of handling the inquiries would not answer questions regarding conversation he’d had about this practice. Clearly, this is a means to annoy a group of his constituents for whom he has contempt. Because Romney has not gotten his way on the issue, he feels nationally embarrassed. Here he is lashing out in a passive-aggressive manner.

Chuck has recently detailed the story of Romney’s aspirations, and how Massachusetts is just a means to raise his profile and standing with the RNC. I’ve heard that Romney tries to run the commonwealth like a company, with him as the CEO. Unfortunately for him, the state legislature and his constituents are not his employees. But that view makes even more sense when you see Mitt handling state politics like the most petty office politics I have ever seen.

It’s easy to be a gracious winner. Resisting the urge to be small is harder when you lose. By showing that he’s disinclined to be “big” when he loses, Romney comes off as a big loser.

Posted by James at May 12, 2004 5:26 PM
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I just love the group from Florida--Why are you in my state?--who came up here to try to win one for bigotry:

Arguing in U.S. District Court, Boston, Mathew Staver, president and general counsel of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said the state's highest court overstepped its bounds when it ruled in November that gay marriage should be legal in Massachusetts.

"It's an unusual time that we live in, and we're asking this court to intervene to prevent this constitutional train wreck," Staver told U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro.

Ah, your reasons are so pure!

Full story at

Posted by: Patti M. at May 12, 2004 5:36 PM

As far as I'm concerned the bigots in Florida are welcome to come up here and interfere with our judicial process the moment we liberals can go down there to Florida to vote in the presidential race.

Any takers?

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 12, 2004 6:43 PM

It's an odd thing ... in one way, I'm glad I live in Massachusetts (because now I can get married). But on the other hand I hate having to deal with Romney on top of all the out-of-state bigots. I'm starting to think recall is a good idea after all.

Posted by: Ailsa at May 12, 2004 9:18 PM

Let's make sure we keep this momentum going when he's up for re-election.

We need to help Governor Haircut pack and return to Utah.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2004 11:29 AM

I tried that, Chuck. I wasn't able to save us in 2000. Sorry!

Posted by: Julie at May 13, 2004 12:55 PM

You have to be beneath a blithering idiot to defend gay marriage. What next? An unwed mother marrying her bastard daughter? Along with that moronic Mass. judge (Joseph Tauro) such braindead idiot savants need to be put back into the padded cells from which they emerged. (How in the blue blazes did someone as mentally retarded as Joseph Tauro ever get to come into possession of a judgeship? This guy is an asshole of the first order. Would someone please give me his eMail address so I can tell him personally what an asshole he is?)

Posted by: Mark Morrison at May 14, 2004 11:22 PM

Now there's a reasoned argument.

A post like this is meant to get me and my readers all riled up. But, dear reader, I hope you're not falling for it. Its as pathetic as I've seen lately.

You really ought to feel sorry for this person. I do. I also feel sorry for us for having to share the country with him, but I do feel sorry for anyone who only has insults to bring to the discussion, and disquietingly lame ones at that.

I mean, who calls someone a "brain dead idiot savant?" What kind of insult is that? "Hi - you're a brain dead autistic person."

"Nyah, nyah -- you're a high-functioning color-blind person."

"Feh -- you've got Parkinson's disease!"

My weblog attracts some of the lamest hecklers.

Mark Morrison, if there were a school for the chronically lame, we'd put you on a short bus and send you there every day. You'd learn more effective insults, get a snack at 12:30, and a short nap. Then maybe, just maybe, you wouldn't be so cranky.

But until such a time as we can collect sufficient tax money to set up such a school:

Sit and spin, baby. They're gay and they're getting married. Unbunch your underoos, freaking deal with it and move on. The situation is going to hell in Iraq, billions of dollars and American lives are being spent and yet you can't get past your petty bigotry.

"They hate us because of our freedoms."

That's what folks in Massachusetts say about people like you.


Posted by: James at May 15, 2004 1:59 AM

Thanks James, that's such a pisspoor attempt at trollery I might not have noticed it.

Jeeze Mark, where did you learn how to bait flame? AOL? James is right, deal and find something more important to worry about. The people who want gay marriage to be legal in this country are a large and growing portion of the population. They're not going away no matter how closely held your intolerance is. Gay marriage is going to be legal across this country someday, it's only a matter of time. You should come to terms with it and stop imagining that with enough concentrated ignorance it is possible to "stop it". Either that or encase yourself in concrete and shoot yourself into space. The latter (in addition to being more fun to watch) will spare you the agony of knowing that somewhere, somehow, two people of the same sex are getting legally married. (Oh, the horror!)

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 15, 2004 5:08 AM

Romney's only managed to prove to the rest of the country that he's a big baby, and not a smart one -- I gather that Massachusetts had figured that out already.

If he's so hot for the rule of law, why doesn't he start participating in it?

Posted by: Bob T. at May 16, 2004 1:10 PM
Jeeze Mark, where did you learn how to bait flame? AOL?

In fact, Chuck, you're right on the money. Mark's IP:

OrgName: America Online

Posted by: James at May 16, 2004 10:18 PM

Maybe Mark is the same guy who was out on City Hall Plaza this afternoon with a placard equating gays and sinners. Either way, I feel sorry for him too. The only thing he succeeds at is making himself look like a schmuck.

Posted by: Ailsa at May 17, 2004 5:32 PM

I think it's time for us to get some "God Hates Shrimp" signs and picket the gay bashers. :) Who's with me!

Posted by: briwei at May 17, 2004 6:33 PM

Oh, damn! I wish I had remembered "God Hates Shripm" in time for yesterday!

That would have been sooooooo funny as a counter protest.


Posted by: Patti M. at May 18, 2004 1:40 PM

I love how non-lawyers try to make it about the judge's personal preferences, etc. That's right, Tauro ignored his mandate to impartially interpret the law and ended up on the side you disfavor...(this means you, Mark)
It's not possible it was actually a state issue, is it? I thought conservatives were supposed to be all about federalism...
News flash, I worked for Tauro during law school...good guy, fair judge, end of story.
Being straight, I'm not all that up on the gay marriage debate, but I'm glad I stumbled onto this board while looking for clippings of Tauro's recent rulings. One thing I do know about the question, though, is that it's a state issue, and republicans look like the hypocrites they are, when something they normally love (states' rights) suddenly "doesn't apply" because a state gives greater rights to something they don't agree with...

Posted by: sean at August 13, 2004 6:42 PM

Sean, I think you summed that up pretty well. Thanks for stopping in.

Posted by: James at August 13, 2004 8:26 PM

I just want to say that on the "recent comments" dealie it says:

James on Romney's Petty Gay
Marriage Moves

Which I read as:
JAmes on Romney's Pretty Gay.

Which cracks me up for some reason.

Posted by: David Grenier at August 16, 2004 9:53 AM

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