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Tax Returns Reveal That Romney Has Donated to Anti-LGBT Groups

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 24, 2012 02:36 PM

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According to a press release by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Mitt Romney's recently released tax returns show that he has donated at least $35,000 to "groups actively working to halt the spread of LGBT equality and, in some cases, intentionally demonize LGBT people."

From the HRC release;

"The revelation comes two weeks after Romney said in New Hampshire that he opposed discrimination against LGBT Americans. But according to CNN, Romney donated to the extremist group Massachusetts Family Institute, as well as the Becket Fund. The Massachusetts Family Institute received $10,000 from Romney in 2006, while the Beckett Fund received $25,000 in 2009. The donations came from the Tyler Charitable Foundation, set up and funded by the Romneys."

According to the Massachusetts Family Institute's website " [Massachsuetts Family Institute's] compassion is for those struggling with same-sex attraction and we encourage the healing of individuals who wish to change their choice of lifestyle??

The release goes on to say that " Romney gave a significant sum of money to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interfaith group dedicated to protecting the expression of religious traditions. The group is vehemently anti-marriage equality, and has argued that allowing committed same-sex couples to marry would trigger a wave of litigation for religious organizations objecting to performing or recognizing such ceremonies in states across the nation. The organization also compared pro-equality demonstrations during the time when Proposition 8 was a hot-button issue in California to the actions of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda."

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