Last night, at the Republican National Convention, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney became the Republican’s official nominee to run against President Barack Obama in November. Local delegates are ecstatic of the official nomination and as one delegate stated in a report by Robert Rizzuto of The Republican:
“Everything Mitt Romney touches, from business to government, turns to gold. We’re here because we feel the country is going in the wrong direction and our team can turn it around.”
But for many same-sex couples who are legally married in the state of Massachusetts where he was once Governor and same-sex couples throughout the country who continue to fight to be recognized equally in the eyes of the law, Romney’s stance on same-sex marriage is anything but golden. The Associated Press reported that Republicans approved a party platform at the National convention on Tuesday that includes banning gay marriages.
The platform gives affirmation of the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage and also backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The document which also would ban all abortions, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes in hope of creating new jobs and energizing a weak economy, opens with a pledge to “begin anew” defining today’s American Dream as being “at risk”. But what really is at risk is the true value of family and support.
There are same-sex couples out there who are supporting families and adopting children from broken homes and reestablishing the two parent household. Mitt Romney’s wife Ann Romney gave a speech last night describing Romney as a “family” man and admitting that they didn’t have a “storybook marriage”. She says:
“Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer. A storybook marriage? No, not at al. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.”
Her definition of a real marriage is the strength, endurance, support and love it takes to overcome tough situations together and continue to build a bond despite the many obstacles of life. There are many same-sex couples throughout the country who can relate to Ann Romney’s words and their marriages are also not “storybook” but, in definition, are definitely “real”.
Not all Republican’s support the platform. San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has launched an ad that will air during the convention in support of same-sex marriage rights because he believes “marriage strengthens families and we need more of that in this country, not less.” The platform can attempt to ban same-sex marriage by definition and law, but as many gay couples across the land prove, there will not be a ban on love, support and family.