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Dec 26 2007

Mitt Romney’s Christmas Present to the ‘Gay’ Lobby Should End Pro-Family Leaders’ Support for his Candidacy: LaBarbera

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romneygayprideflier2002.jpg Mitt Romney has a long record of supporting the pro-homosexual agenda. At left is a pink flier distributed by Romney at the Boston “gay pride” parade in 2002, when he was campaigning for governor of Massachusetts. According to the “Mitt Romney Deception,” a report issued by the pro-family group Mass Resistance, Romney also campaigned for “domestic partner” benefits for homosexual partners.

Republicans For Family Values
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Contact: Peter LaBarbera, 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Mitt Romney’s Christmas Present to the ‘Gay’ Lobby Should End Pro-Family Leaders’ Support for his Candidacy: LaBarbera

December 26, 2007

CHICAGO, Illinois – Peter LaBarbera, longtime pro-family advocate and founder of the Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org), is calling on pro-family leaders who have endorsed Mitt Romney to withdraw their support for his candidacy in light of his recent comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” supporting pro-homosexual “sexual orientation” state laws.

“Mitt Romney’s Christmas present to the homosexual lobby disqualifies him as a pro-family leader,” LaBarbera said. “Laws that treat homosexuality as a civil right are being used to promote homosexual ‘marriage,’ same-sex adoption and pro-homosexuality indoctrination of schoolchildren. These same laws pose a direct threat to the freedom of faith-minded citizens and organizations to act on their religious belief that homosexual behavior is wrong.

“Romney may have had a late conversion on abortion, but it appears his ninth-inning flip-flop on homosexuality is falling short due to his strong commitment to ‘gay rights,’” LaBarbera said. (See the ‘Mitt Romney Deception’ report at http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/#homo_marriage.) “Now some pro-family leaders –– who have raised millions of dollars over the years opposing ‘gay’ activism –– will need to explain how they can go on supporting an openly pro-homosexual-agenda candidate.”

LaBarbera said it is “inconceivable after Massachusetts’ twin disasters involving homosexual ‘marriage’ and homosexual adoption that Romney now is recommending pro-homosexual ‘orientation’ laws –– long derided as “special rights” among social conservatives — to the rest of the nation.

“In Romney’s own state of Massachusetts, the state ‘sexual orientation’ nondiscrimination law laid the groundwork for homosexual activists’ campaign to legalize ‘same-sex marriage’ –– which then-Gov. Romney brought to fruition with his unnecessary and illegal directive granting marriage licenses to homosexual partners,” LaBarbera said. “The same pro-gay state law also forced Boston’s Catholic Charities to shut down its century-old adoption agency because it would not pledge to place children in homosexual-led households against Catholic teaching.

“Given Romney’s extensive pro-homosexual record and willingness now to depart from principle on this crucial issue, should we trust a ‘President Romney’ not to reverse course again on federal pro-homosexual laws such as ‘Hate Crimes’ and ENDA (Employment Nondiscrimination Act)?” LaBarbera said.

The following is excerpted from Romney’s “Meet the Press” interview December 16 with Tim Russert:

MR. RUSSERT:  You said [in 1994] that you would sponsor [Sen. Ted Kennedy’s federal] Employment Nondiscrimination Act.  Do you still support it?
GOV. ROMNEY:  At the state level.  I think it makes sense at the state level for states to put in provision of this.
MR. RUSSERT:  Now, you said you would sponsor it at the federal level.
GOV. ROMNEY:  I would not support at the federal level, and I changed in that regard because I think that policy makes more sense to be evaluated or to be implemented at the state level.

Republicans For Family Values (www.rffv.org) is a website dedicated to defending pro-life and pro-natural-family principles within the GOP. For identification purposes only, LaBarbera is also president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (www.americansfortruth.org).

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Dec 18 2007

ABC: Romney Attended Planned Parenthood Fundraiser in 1994

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romney_planned_parenthood_fundraiser.jpg Then Massachusetts Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney at Planned Parenthood meeting in 1994, but now he can’t remember going. His wife gave a $150 donation to the leading pro-abortion group in conjunction with the event.

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports:

Mitt Romney attended a fund-raising reception for Planned Parenthood in 1994 in conjunction with a $150 donation his wife made to the organization — notwithstanding Romney’s contention that he had “no recollection” of the circumstances under which his wife gave money to the abortion-rights group.

In the photograph obtained by ABC News, Romney and his wife, Ann, are shown in a yellow-and-white tent chatting with local political activists, including Nicki Nichols Gamble, who was then president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Nichols Gamble — whose back is the camera in the photograph — told ABC that the event was a Planned Parenthood fundraising “house party” in Cohasset, Mass., in June 1994. At the time, Romney, R-Mass., was locked in a tight Senate campaign with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and was touting his support for abortion rights.

That event, Nichols Gamble said, was the occasion where Ann Romney wrote her $150 check — drafted on a joint checking account she had with her husband — to Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts.

“They were both there, and I remember very well chatting with both of them, and talking about his support for the pro-choice agenda,” she said. “We talked about the fact that he was taking a pro-choice position on the issues, and we were very pleased about that.”

When asked by reporters earlier this year whether the former governor had ever donated money to Planned Parenthood, the Romney campaign said no. Aides subsequently conceded that Romney’s wife, Ann, wrote a $150 check to the group in 1994. …

…Nichols Gamble said she”s surprised Romney has no memory of the fund-raising event.

“I can understand that he might not remember the check — it’s surprising to me that he would not remember the event,” she said. “His main motivation for being there was a political motivation.”

Click HERE for the whole story on ABC News’ website

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Dec 11 2007

LaBarbera Says Huckabee Was Right: AIDS Is Over-Funded Compared to Other Diseases

fair_foundation_spending_pie_chart.jpg Fair Foundation (www.fairfoundation.org) exposes disproportionate federal AIDS funding. Click on image for larger view.

Republicans For Family Values
www.rffv.org

Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org), said GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is right not to back down on past statements that homosexuality is sinful and that AIDS research gets disproportionate taxpayer funding compared to other deadly diseases.

LaBarbera said the thrust of what Huckabee told the Associated Press in 1992 is true: homosexual behavior is aberrant and wrong, it poses a ‘dangerous public health risk,’ government AIDS spending is disproportionately high compared to maladies like heart disease, and HIV/AIDS prevention is not a civil rights issue.

“Mike Huckabee is right to reject the liberal media’s talking points on homosexuality. We need more — not less — debate on why HIV/AIDS has been singled out as a politically protected disease, and why it gets such a huge percentage of taxpayer funding vis-à-vis other diseases, as documented by the Fair Foundation (www.fairfoundation.org).”

Huckabee told AP in 1992, “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”

LaBarbera contrasted Huckabee’s remarks with those by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who defied the Bible and thousands of years of human history by proclaiming that homosexuality is not “immoral.”

Said LaBarbera: “Of course homosexual behavior is a dangerous public health risk, as evidenced by the fact that men who have sex with men (MSM) – or women who have had sex with such men – are banned from giving blood. The CDC reports: ‘MSM accounted for 71% of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 … even though only about 5% to 7% of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.’” (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/resources/factsheets/msm.htm)

“Despite the obvious link between male homosexual behavior and AIDS, gay bathhouses where men go for anonymous sodomitic encounters with other men are flourishing in cities like Cleveland and Chicago. If homosexual and AIDS activists – and public officials — would work to close these disease-spreading centers down, it would protect the lives of homosexual men and also women who unknowingly get infected by male spouses who secretly engage in homosexual perversions.”

Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org) supports pro-life and pro-natural-family values in the GOP. For informational purposes only, LaBarbera is also president of Americans For Truth (www.americansfortruth.org).

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Dec 10 2007

Ex-‘Gay’ Steve Bennett Applauds Huckabee for Not Backing Down on Homosexuality

The following was released by Steve Bennett, a leading ex-“gay” activist and founder of Stephen Bennett Ministries, on behalf of The Parents Group

Huckabee on Homosexuality: A Man of Integrity

HUNTINGTON, Conn., Dec. 9 /Christian Newswire/ — Stephen Bennett is executive director and founder of www.TheParentsGroup.com, a worldwide Christian support community for parents with children who are homosexual, HIV positive or children who have died from complications due to HIV/AIDS.

Stephen has devoted his life’s work to exclusively dealing with the homosexual issue – and HIV/AIDS – from a biblical, Christian perspective.

There is an underlying passion that drives Bennett.

Stephen is a FORMER homosexual, one who has lost homosexual partners and friends to HIV/AIDS. Due to his risky behavior, it’s a miracle Bennett is even alive.

Stephen is now happily married 14 years to his wife Irene, and he is the father of the couple’s two young children.

It’s a coincidence that Stephen left his homosexual lifestyle in 1992 — the same year now presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made his statements on HIV/AIDS and reference to homosexuality as being “sinful.”

“It was just a matter of time before Huckabee’s statements resurfaced and I am thankful they did. I’m even more thankful for Mike Huckabee not denying what he said, but clarifying his remarks and holding true to his firm moral convictions on homosexuality. It is also clear he has a deep concern for those affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as prevention of the virus and the protection of the general population,” said Stephen. “This is a real man of integrity.”

Other presidential candidates have taken similar positions on the same issues at hand.

This past September, Stephen participated as a private citizen in the Values Voter Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was honored to be asked by the organizers of the event to pose a question on the issue of homosexuality to all of the attending presidential candidates.

All of the Republican and Democratic candidates were invited. Unfortunately, all of the Democratic candidates declined. Several Republicans also declined and included Giuliani, Romney, Thompson and McCain.

Mike Huckabee participated in the debate.

Bennett’s question to all of the presidential candidates was:

“My name is Stephen Bennett. I used to think I was born gay and was sexually active in the homosexual lifestyle for 11 years. Now, I’m happily married for almost 15 years to my wife, Irene, and we have two wonderful children. Homosexual behavior is immoral and dangerous – I know: Many of my friends, both male and female, are now dead. Even so, schools across the nation teach our children that homosexuality is healthy, normal and unchangeable. I’m living proof that’s NOT true. As president, would you support legislation ensuring that schools forfeit federal funding if they expose our children to homosexual propaganda that puts them at risk?”

Every single presidential candidate on stage – including Mike Huckabee – answered Stephen exactly the same.

“YES.”

(To view Stephen at the debate, go to: http://afa.net/debate/ Scroll the timeline to 108 minutes to play). For interview requests, please contact Stephen Bennett in Connecticut at (203) 926-6960. Stephen has appeared on almost every major network and cable news broadcast. For further information, please visit www.SBMinistries.org or www.TheParentsGroup.com. Stephen is not endorsing nor promoting ANY presidential candidate or party, but commenting on the issues SBM and TheParentsGroup.com regularly deal with.   www.SBMinistries.org

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