A Mitt Romney presidency would represent “a serious setback” for the gay community, Rep. Barney Frank says in a new super-PAC-backed Web video.
“First of all, he might very well re-institute `Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,'” Frank says during a five-minute video that is part of a “Mitt Gets Worse” campaign.
Frank also warns that Romney would shut gay rights out of the courts “for the indefinite future” by appointing Supreme Court justices like Antonin Scalia, who Frank says is “just homophobic.”
Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, became the first member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, in July. He is seeking re-election this year after more than 30 years in office, but his approaching retirement hasn’t made him any less outspoken.
“This is a man who has no principles, obviously, on this subject,” Frank says in the video. He says Romney is “willing to trash minority groups and appeal to prejudice against them for political advancement.”
The video is one of six testimonials on the “Mitt Gets Worse” Web site, which is paid for by super-PACs American Bridge 21st Century and Courage Campaign SuperPAC.
Romney has said he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. His own Web site, under “Values,” states: “As president, Mitt will not only appoint an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act – a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton – but he will also champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.”
Thirty percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Dmocrats believe same-sex marriage should be legal, according to a Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
“Mitt Gets Worse” is a play on the “It Gets Better” campaign, a popular online effort to support and encourage LGBT youth in response to suicides of bullied LGBT teenagers. President Barack Obama appeared in an “It Gets Better” video posted to YouTube in October 2010. That video has been viewed almost 1.4 million times.