Mitt Romney Discloses Contributions to Antigay Groups
Tax returns unveiled by Mitt Romney today show contributions to two antigay organizations, including one that campaigned against a transgender rights bill by implying trans people are sexual predators.
The Human Rights Campaign points out a report by CNN that says Romney's charitable foundation gave at least $35,000 to antigay groups in 2010, with $10,000 going to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which ran radio ads last year warning parents that a transgender civil rights bill could lead to all manner of danger in bathrooms.
One woman said in a radio ad that if the legislation passed (which it did), she wouldn’t let her daughter use the restroom alone anymore. And the group's website showed a restroom door with the provocative message, “Who’s going to be waiting for your wife and daughter?”
The Massachusetts Family Institute is perhaps best known for sponsoring a 2007 anti–marriage equality amendment, which failed to get on the ballot in that state. Romney was governor there from 2003 until 2007 and opposed same-sex marriage.