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Romney Gave To Anti-Gay Hate Groups

Mitt Romney's just-released tax records reveals donations to viciously anti-gay hate groups. The Human Right Campaign reports via press release:
The tax returns for Mitt Romney's charitable foundation reveal that the GOP presidential hopeful has given at least $35,000 in recent years to groups actively working to halt the spread of LGBT equality and, in some cases, intentionally demonize LGBT people. 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.

“This is just another example of Mitt Romney saying one thing while doing the complete opposite. It’s crystal clear that while Governor Romney claims to oppose discrimination, he is beholden to groups who make it their mission to vilify LGBT people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Romney’s financial support of extremist groups is indicative of a politician with rising national ambitions who knew he had to cozy up to those on the far-right in order to secure his party’s nomination.”
Among their many anti-gay agenda items, the Massachusetts Family Institute, you may recall, opposes efforts to reduce anti-gay bullying. They also advocate for destructive "reparative therapy."

RELATED: Romney also donated millions to the Mormon Church, which was one of the two primary institutional backers of Proposition 8. We've not yet learned how much, if any, of Romney's money was meant to support Prop 8.

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