As Mitt Romney struggles to convince conservative Republicans that he is no "Massachusetts moderate," his opponents have had plenty to dredge up from the 1994 Senate campaign when he positioned himself to the left of liberal icon Edward Kennedy. No issue has proved thornier than gay rights.
Romney's evolution on the matter is well documented. When running for the Senate, he told the New England GLBT newspaper Bay Windows that he believed "the gay community needs more support from the Republican party and I would be a voice in the Republican party to foster anti-discrimination efforts." During a Pride weekend parade in 2002 when he was running for governor, his campaign famously distributed pink flyers saying "all citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual preference." And during his years in Massachusetts, whether addressing civil unions or gays in the military, Romney offered plenty of fodder for then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain's 2008 opposition research book.
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