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Mitt extend$$$ his bigotry to SC

How did Massachusetts ever elect this turd governor? As Mormon Mitt continues his likely futile efforts to win over bible-beating whackjobs with his pronouncements on the evils of Teh Gay, we learn that he’s now actually giving cash to South Carolina’s marriage homobigots to prove to them that the common enemy is really homosexuality. (365gay):

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, fighting for an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage has become the biggest contributor to a similar campaign in South Carolina a Boston newspaper reports.

The Boston Globe says that Romney’s political action committee has given SCformarriage.org $5,000.

…The extent of his involvement with the South Carolina group is seen as the beginning of an attempt to build a national coalition of conservative groups – something he will need if he goes ahead with his quest for the GOP presidential nomination.

More on why his battle to nail a chunk of the fundie vote is an uphill one because he’s a Mormon:

But moderate Republicans aren’t the ones who could derail a Romney candidacy. His obstacle is the evangelical base—a voting bloc that now makes up 30 percent of the Republican electorate and that wields particular influence in primary states like South Carolina and Virginia. Just as it is hard to overestimate the importance of evangelicalism in the modern Republican Party, it is nearly impossible to overemphasize the problem evangelicals have with Mormonism. Evangelicals don’t have the same vague anti-LDS prejudice that some Americans do. For them it’s a doctrinal thing, based on very specific theological disputes that can’t be overcome by personality or charm or even shared positions on social issues. Romney’s journalistic boosters either don’t understand these doctrinal issues or try to sidestep them. But ignoring them won’t make them go away. To evangelicals, Mormonism isn’t just another religion. It’s a cult.

South Carolina anti-gay freaks don’t need Mitt’s money; sadly, at this point, a marriage amendment would pass. The folks at SC Equality Coalition are doing all they can to work for a defeat of the measure, and they have a good message:

The single most important thing you can do for LGBT equality is to talk to people: family, co-workers, friends, grocery store clerks, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, old high school buddies, any- and everyone. A survey by HRC tells us that less than 50% of us have talked with our own family members and asked for their support for our equality. The time to have that talk and ask for that support is right now.

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In other amendment news, Blender Kevin pointed out that Miss LaBarbera is smarting because his petition effort has stalled. The election board in Illinois disqualified the referendum from a vote based on its random sampling of the petitions. The board found that there were not enough valid signatures to place the question of a proposed amendment on the November ballot. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The requirement is that more than 95 percent of the sample’s signatures be valid and gay marriage opponents had 91 percent, White said. It was the board’s second check of a sample of signatures.

Peter LaBarbera, executive director of a conservative group pushing to get the gay marriage advisory referendum on the state ballot, said they would challenge the review’s findings.

He said they knew it would be close and he said he believes gay marriage opponents will prevail in the end.

“It’s far from over,” LaBarbera said.

Kevin: “Poor Miss LaBarbera – we should hold a special leather festival just for him.”

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