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Court Tosses Gov. Romney's Lawsuit

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Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has a flip-flop stance on civil rights. Just a few short months ago, a letter surfaced in a local Boston newspaper written by Romney saying that he was more supportive of civil rights for gays and was more pro-choice than the senator he was running against at the time, Ted Kennedy. Once he was elected governor, that all changed, and Romney ran hard right until he slammed into a brick wall that had "bigot" written all over it.

Romney threw gays to the wolves and fought his state's Supreme Court when they tossed Massachusetts anti-gay laws out the window, but that wasn't the end of the road. The outgoing Governor sued his own state legislature in an attempt to force them to put yet another anti-civil rights measure up for vote, but was rebuked in a unanimous ruling.

Massachusetts' highest court said Wednesday it has no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Opponents of gay marriage have collected 170,000 signatures in favor of an amendment to end the practice. But the measure needs the Legislature's approval to appear on the 2008 ballot, and lawmakers refused to vote on the proposal last month. Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican expected to run for president in 2008, and other opponents of gay marriage responded by suing to try to force the lawmakers to act.

The outgoing governor doesn't respect the will of the legislature or the rule of law. This is about what Romney wants and nothing else. His personal vendetta against civil rights is sickening, and it appears that he'll do anything to get what he wants. If this man is elected President, he'll ignore the United States Congress just like he did to the people in his own state. This country cannot afford another megalomaniac in the White House.

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