Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
You remember, of course, the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign. Well, now we have “Mitt Gets Worse,” organized by The Courage Campaign, an online “multi-issue advocacy organization,” and American Bridge 21st Century, a “progressive research and communications organization.”
The Mitt Gets Worse project is an oral history of Mitt Romney’s efforts to diminish the rights and the freedoms of LGBT Americans, told by the brave people who have fought back against Mitt’s anti-equality agenda.
When Mitt Romney ran for the US Senate in 1994, he claimed he would be better on LGBT rights than Ted Kennedy. Today, Mitt is one of the most outspoken enemies of the LGBT community, and he’s campaigning for president on an extreme and inhumane platform.
As a politician, Mitt Romney has earned a reputation as a flip-flopper — changing his positions in whatever direction furthers his career. But when it comes to LGBT issues, there’s one thing you can always count on: Mitt Gets Worse.
Four of the Mitt Gets Worse videos follow.
Adam Bink, of the Courage Campaign:
Julie Goodridge, whose law suit eventually helped bring about marriage equality in Massachusetts:
Jennifer Chrisler, of the Family Equality Council:
Kathleen Henry, who chaired the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth that Romney attempted to defund:
Among many other people, President Obama did a video for “It Gets Better,” so I have to wonder if he’d do one for “Mitt Gets Worse.” That’s probably almost as unlikely as Romney doing one for “It Gets Better,” of course. I’ve said this before: in general Obama and the Dems are better on LGBT issues than Romney and the Repubs, and pointing out Romney’s getting worse direction is important. As long as that doesn’t prevent holding Dems accountable at the same time, let the videos continue.
(Mitt Gets Worse logo via Mitt Gets Worse Campaign)