As you've undoubtedly heard, President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage last week. (Yay! I mean, a little late and also he said it was up to the states to decide, which is silly, but still: yay!) In response, Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican presidential candidate, assured everyone that he was really, really not in favor of two dudes or two ladies getting hitched. He even got a standing ovation for saying so in his commencement speech at Jerry Falwell's super conservative Liberty University. 

While the President's announcement may have cost him votes, though it's probably too soon to tell, it certainly hasn't hurt him financially: Obama raised a million dollars in the hour and a half after "evolution." (His stance is now a Charizard.) Romney does not have this problem, however: Bill White, the CEO of consulting firm Constellations Group and a prominent Romney donor, has withdrawn his support and also asked for his cash back due to Romney's same-sex marriage views:

"I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year," Bill White wrote in a letter addressed to the former Massachusetts governor and obtained by CNN.

"You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer," White added.

In case you're curious, White is openly gay and married to his partner, who was also a Romney supporter. There's no word yet on whether the Romney campaign will return the donations, but somehow I doubt it. That being said: dude, Romney felt the same way last year when you, you know, gave him all that money. Maybe be a bit more choosey?

Commentarium (36 Comments)

May 15 12 - 2:41pm
Greg

All you people care about is Gay marriage, THE MOST meaningless issue.
Meanwhile, Iran is building an atomic bomb, the real-estate market is still in the pits,
there are more people out of work than anytime since 1981.

ENOUGH ALREADY, ITS REALLY NOT A BIG DEAL IF SOMEONE IS FOR OR AGAINST IT ...
THERE ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES.

May 15 12 - 3:27pm
Gerg

Sentence 1 of Nerve's Mission Statement (as it exists on Wikipedia anyway): "Nerve is a fearless and intelligent magazine about sex, relationships and pop culture."

There are plenty of other places for you to raise the alarm about those other issues. But you might find that Nerve is particularly focused on things having to do with sex, relationships, and pop culture.

May 15 12 - 5:26pm
True Patriot

So what you're saying, Greg, is that freedom is overrated? Meaningless? Not a big deal?

Although I agree; there are far more important issues - which is why I wonder why so many voters are uninterested in the actual responsibilities of government, but instead are so obsessed with interfering with the freedoms of their fellow Americans.

May 15 12 - 6:01pm
Greg

Its not about interfering with the freedoms of their fellow Americans, this is the status quo,
so why do Gays, a tiny minority of the population, get bumped to the top of the list of things government needs to do?

Would you rate "Stop and Frisk" laws as being MORE of an intrusion on the freedom of a fellow American THAN the Government giving you a piece of paper?

May 15 12 - 6:39pm
Sean Morrow

Look, marriage isn't that important of an issue, but civil rights are. Someone who doesn't support same-sex marriage lacks basic reasoning skills, and is unfit to lead.

May 15 12 - 10:23pm
Greg

Well, put that idea in a bottle and mail it back to 2008 'cause Obama DIDN'T SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE and seemed to be thought of fit to lead then!!!

And btw Sean ...
"WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman but that states should decide whether it's legal for same-sex couples to marry." I would agree with you that Harry Reid(D) is unfit to lead!!!

May 15 12 - 11:58pm
True Patriot

If gays are such a "tiny minority of the population" why do so many people think it's so important to interfere with their lives? It seems to me that everyone who speaks out in support of gay rights is doing so as a reaction to the words and actions of the anti-freedom crowd, and they are the ones who are so obsessed with hot man-on-man action.

May 16 12 - 12:01am
True Patriot

Excuse me, I should have specified: hot, SWEATY man-on-man action. Otherwise, it's just not the same.

May 16 12 - 1:00am
Greg

You libs have such a cartoonish version of conservatives, its so funny.
Oh boy, you are going to "shock" me by saying "hot, SWEATY man-on-man action."
Whoo-boy!!!

Anyway, yes A TINY MINORITY. PERIOD. Notice something about the news coverage on Gay Marriage? They DON'T provide numbers on the number of marriages performed where he has been legalized. Why? Because the numbers are shockingly low.

May 16 12 - 11:13am
JM

Greg seems to want to be pissy more than he wants to confront the fact that he's doing so on a web site devoted to sex and pop culture. Clearly, Greg, your knowledge of priorities - and how only one thing can happen in a government at a time? - is needed in the high halls of power. Why don't you go over there?

May 16 12 - 5:02pm
True Patriot

I'll ask again: if same-sex weddings are so few and far between, why devote so much energy and resources to banning them. Also, how big does a minority have to be before denying them human rights is no longer wrong?

May 22 12 - 6:17am
Well...

Murders are few and far between but I'm still against them.

May 15 12 - 2:58pm
NYCON

You didnt know his stand on gay marriage last year? I call BS on this story.

May 15 12 - 3:09pm
moops

He was hoping that Mitt secretly supported gay polygamy.

May 16 12 - 3:23pm
Kel

In 1994, Mitt Romney told the Log Cabin Republicans claiming that he supported full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens. And now he doesn't.

May 16 12 - 3:24pm
Kel

Whoops, browser wasn;t cooperating. Correction:
In 1994, Mitt Romney told the Log Cabin Republicans that he supported full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens. And now he doesn't.

May 17 12 - 11:42pm
Historian

In 2004, Barack Obama said he supported homosexual marriage. In 2007, he said he didn't. In 2012, he said he did.

May 15 12 - 4:41pm
Rex Merritt

Think more of Mitt's gay supporters will ask for their money back? Think gays who would've supported him now won't? Wasn't it Hemingway who wrote, "Action is character"? By his actions, hasn't Mitt revealed his character?

May 15 12 - 6:03pm
Greg

Yes, just like Obama reveal his character in supporting the use of Drones to assasinate American citizens in foreign countries.

May 16 12 - 6:09pm
CT

Will you cite a source for this, please?

May 16 12 - 8:53pm
True Patriot

Five-to-two says his source is a Pew research poll.

May 16 12 - 10:10pm
Source

Cite a source for what, exactly?

May 16 12 - 10:41pm
I got your Source

Greg is accusing the president of the United States of ordering the summary execution of expatriate American citizens without due process. But of course this must be true, because he read about it on the internet!

May 17 12 - 8:28am
Source

You may or may not believe the DoJ assertion of due process but it is clear that this is uncharted territory.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/10/justice_department_memo_suppor.html

May 15 12 - 6:41pm
idedirc divination

"and also he said it was up to the states to decide, which is silly, "

NO NO NO NO! It's not silly at all! More issues need to be decided at the state level rather than the Federal level, including gay marriage and abortion. This nation is far too large to reach any reasonable consensus on socially divisive issues such as these. It's much easier to move to a state that shares your views than to move to another country.

May 15 12 - 8:20pm
smt

So where would the line get drawn then? Would all civil rights be up to states to decide? If so, it's most likely that the South would still be segregated and miscegenation and Jim Crow laws enforced.

I do see your point and I also believe that certain things should be left up to states to decide, but civil rights aren't one of them.

May 15 12 - 10:42pm
Poly

When are any of you going to realize that until any group of people, including those consisting of more than two consenting adults, are allowed to marry, bigotry will reign in America. Who says marriage is intended for only two people? F-ing bigots, everyone of you. Or are civil rights only intended for groups you approve of?

May 16 12 - 2:44pm
CAPT Picard

The line shall be drawn here! This far! No farther!

May 15 12 - 10:30pm
Greg

Seriously though, you Gay Marriage people need to grow up and become adults.
There are FAR more important issues even in the Civil Right domain e.g. stop and frisk.

Try to consider that as passionate as you are on this issue there are about a thousand other issues that other people are equally passionate about. Prioritizing issues base upon how well they are "marketed" is a shitty way to run a government.

Consider how a Black Man in New York City feels being patted down by a cop for no good reason. Now consider how much press and political support this issue has generated compared to Gay Marriage. Did you hear Obama coming out on Stop and Frisk? No? Why? So does that make Obama "unfit to lead"?

May 15 12 - 10:43pm
Well, yeah....

"Did you hear Obama coming out on Stop and Frisk? No? Why? So does that make Obama "unfit to lead"?"

It does, yes.

May 15 12 - 10:39pm
So?

Given that Romney's views haven't changed, I'd give Mr. White a big, "duuuuhhhhh," and hand him his money. Actually, I'd probably also tell him to kiss my ass but, well, that may go in ways that heterosexual wouldn't appreciate.

Seriously, give the attention whore his money back and wish him well. Good riddance and see you at the inauguration, Mr. White, when America gives up one more form of bigotry and swears in its first LDS President.

May 16 12 - 3:29pm
Kel

Romney was for full equality for same-sex couples, now he's against it, so yes, his views (or at least what he says in public) have changed to fit the right-wing fashion of the moment. As to Romney being elected over Obama, you're dreaming.

May 17 12 - 8:32am
So?

So Romney's flip-flop is bad but Obama's is good? At least you're good enough to flaunt your intellectual insonsistency.

We'll talk in November but, for now, it's a virtual lock that Romney will win.

And it is true that the Kingston Trio recorded Early Morning Rain. Why would you take on something so meaningless, particularly when you were wrong about it? A quick google search would have kept you from looking foolish.

I have a theory - care to tell us your age group?

May 17 12 - 12:48pm
@So?

I think the quality of political discourse in this country can be demonstrated by how "flip-flop" has become a synonym for "changing one's mind". As we all know, the best leaders are the ones who stick to a course of action, no matter how suicidal or destructive it may be.

(Also, the idea that a LDS president would mean an end to bigotry in America is pure hilarity, given the LDS's proud history of overt racism. And no, that didn't abruptly come to an end in 1978.)

May 17 12 - 8:34pm
So?

Only to be replaced by the overt racism of "liberation theology." At least the LDS church is moving toward being less racist. Most importantly, though, is that you're hilarious; you need to read more carefully: I said "one more form of bigotry."

Not a demonstration of the quality of political discourse, though; more likely an indictment of the public school system.

May 16 12 - 12:41am
Turkish

Obama-Charizard. Brilliant!