Ousted Gay Spokesman: I'm Still Voting for Romney

Richard Grenell says gay marriage doesn't make up for Obama's flaws
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The gay spokesman who resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign at least in part over pressure from anti-gay conservatives isn't about to jump ship to team Obama. Richard Grenell applauds President Obama's embrace of same-sex marriage, but he still takes "exception to his dismal national-security and economic records," he writes in the Wall Street Journal. For him, the former isn't enough to make up for the latter.

Grenell also criticizes the "anti-gay extremists" on the far right who don't seem to realize that it's possible to be homosexual and still believe in the "conservative ideal of limiting government." Nor is he too happy with those on the far left who don't seem to realize that it's possible to both gay and Republican. Both sides will have to deal with it: Grenell is a gay conservative, and he's voting for Romney. "While there are many reasons not to vote to re-elect President Obama, gay marriage is not one of those issues," he writes. "National and economic security absolutely are." Read his full essay here.

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