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Mitt 'wept with relief' when Mormons ended discrimination…

…against blacks being denied the opportunity to serve as priests in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He recounted his response on Meet the Press this morning. (The Politico):

“I can remember when I heard about the change being made. I was driving home from – I think it was law school, but I was driving home – going through the Fresh Pond rotary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I heard it on the radio and I pulled over and literally wept.

“Even to this day, it’s emotional,” Romney went on.

“And so it’s very deep and fundamental in my life and my most core beliefs that all people are children of God. My faith has always told me that. My faith has also always told me that in the eyes of God, every individual was merited the fullest degree of happiness in the hereafter and I had no question that African Americans and blacks generally would have every right and every benefit in the hereafter that anyone else had and that God is no respecter of persons.”

And what does that “generally” mean? Is there something conditional that we don’t know about? Of course Mitt’s eyes welled up about the ridiculously late (1978) “revelation” to church leadership that spurred change in LDS policy.

Unfortunately no such revelation was forthcoming about LGBT citizens and whether they are worthy of “the fullest degree of happiness in the hereafter.” That would have been my follow up question, but alas, Tim Russert didn’t think about Multiple Choice Mitt’s views on that particular kind of discrimination.

Watch the video here.

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