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Jerry Falwell-Linked Lawyer: It's Romney's Fault Gay Marriage Won in 2012

Mon Nov. 19, 2012

Mat Staver, an influential evangelical lawyer closely linked with the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University, has named an unlikely culprit for the passage of four pro-gay marriage measures this year: Mitt Romney.

Staver said Monday on the Christian radio program "Faith and Freedom" that Romney's refusal to talk about social issues led to voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State approving ballot measures backing gay marriage. Romney should've campaigned in those four states, Staver insisted, and played up the importance of defining marriage as being between a man and a woman only.

But because Romney's message focused primarily on jobs and the economy, "he could not speak about life or marriage and so he didn't campaign in those states speaking about those issues and associating himself with marriage," Staver said, adding, "had he done so, his numbers would've gone up and I bet the marriage polls would've gone up."

Staver called Romney "mealy" and a "one-note" candidate, and disparaged him for lacking true social values. "If you'd had a candidate that had social values, you'd have higher voter turnout," he said. "If you had Romney, you had lower voter turnout. What ultimately happened in the general election is you had lower voter turnout."

Watch the clip of Staver's comments above, captured and edited by Right Wing Watch.

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2012

Please. The ONLY good thing about Romney's candidacy is that he mostly avoided bashing "the gays" and didn't use gay marriage as a wedge issue.

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2012

Yet, Mitt was the devil incarnate. Sad that we missed the opportunity to stomp out gay issues in politics for good. Next time it will be back with a vengeance.

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2012

He's right.

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2012

Well he's wrong and you're wrong. Romney gay bashed in states where it profited him and left alone states where it didn't.

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2012

There are far too many Americans like this guy. Until being so violently bigoted becomes unacceptable, all American pay the image price.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2012

Yeah. Hopefully, the GOP will concentrate more on social issues in 2016. They weren't NEARLY socially and religiously conservative enough this go-round, and that's why they couldn't win majorities in swing states.

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2012

No person will ever be allowed to speak for the Republican party again, without always wearing Jesus Tie, Jesus T-Shirt and/or Jesus Baseball Cap.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2012

Shorter Matt Staver: "I want my Jesus back!"

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2012
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