Mitt Romney’s unfortunate Q&A with a gay Vietnam vet

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At a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney slid into a diner booth with a man wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat for a quick stop n'chat, because vets are like catnip to politicians.

Well, the Vietnam vet in question was Bob Garon, who apparently eats breakfast at that diner pretty frequently with his newlywed husband. "Vietnam veteran!" Romney greeted Garon, presumably ready to just glad-hand the fuck out of him.

"I have a  question for you," Garon responded. "New Hampshire right now has some legislation kicking around about a repeal for the same-sex marriage. And all I need is a yes or a no. Do you support the repeal?"

Romney, who probably nearly broke his foot kicking himself for sitting at the one booth occupied by a gay Vietnam vet and his husband, answered "I support the repeal of the New Hampshire law. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That's my view." Garon:

"If two men get married, apparently a veteran's spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don't support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?"

Romney responded that "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and we apparently disagree," at which point an aide called for him to finish up. "Oh, I guess the question was too hot," Garon told Romney, before adding "Good luck… you're going to need it." Asked why he felt so strongly about Romney's position, Garon continued:

"Because I'm gay, alright? And I happen to love a man just like you probably love your wife. Alright? And I think that he or she or whatever are entitled to the same rights that I have. I fought for my country, I did my thing, and I think that my spouse should be entitled to the same entitlements as if I was married to a woman. What the hell is the difference?"

Garon added that he didn't have high hopes for Romney's nomination: "…You can't trust him. I just saw it in his eyes. I judge a man by his eyes."

Can I just say that I wish shit like this happened more on the campaign trail? I would have loved to hear Romney's inner monologue at that point: "Oh sweet, Vietnam vet. Perfect — just a little soft-touch thanking him for his service, something about my record supporting the troops and… Oh my shit. He's a gay."

Interestingly, Romney has joined several Republicans — including everyone's favorite Heath Ledger fan, Rick Perry — in reversing his stance on same-sex marriage being a state's rights issue. Now he's suddenly in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, because just being rich and out-of-touch isn't enough: he's gotta be flexible a weak-willed puppet of the party as well.