By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got loudly booed during a July 11 speech at the NAACP national conference in Houston, Towleroad reports.
When Romney told the crowd he would “defend traditional marriage” after earlier vowing to stand for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, there was some applause, despite the organization’s recent statement in support of same-sex marriage.
The Log Cabin Republican did called Romney out on the contradiction. Via the Washington Blade:
“With his opening remarks to the NAACP today, Gov. Romney sent a message that he recognizes the importance of an inclusive Republican vision for victory in November. He deserves credit for taking the step to include sexual orientation by name,” said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, after Romney’s speech. “That said, it is unfortunate that he countered his outreach to gay and lesbian Americans with a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry. If Gov. Romney truly desires to represent all Americans, Log Cabin Republicans encourages him to avoid divisive social issues and focus on jobs and the economy.”
For the most part, the conference audience was polite, but not overly enthusiastic (campaigning against the first black president at the NAACP is a bit of an uphill battle). But when the former Massachusetts governor said he would do away with “Obamacare” (the Affordable Care Act that bears striking resemblance to Massachusetts Health Care Reform Romney supported while Governor), the crowd booed loud and long.
Hear it for yourself below.