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Did Romney Secretly Promise To Support ENDA In Return For The Endorsement From Log Cabin Republicans?

Tonight the LGBT corner of the web is heating up due to a post from Nation blogger Ben Adler, who finds the Log Cabin Republican's endorsement of Mitt Romney to have a curious sticking point, particularly this passage:
We are confident that there will be no retreat from the significant gains we’ve made in recent years, most importantly on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” With regard to the LGBT issue most likely to reach the president’s desk and most vital to many in our community today—workplace nondiscrimination—we are persuaded that we can work with a Romney administration to achieve a desirable outcome.
Adler called Log Cabin head R. Clarke Cooper to press him on what that means.
Cooper asserted repeatedly that, “with a President Romney we’re confident we can work with him [on ENDA].” But when asked why, Cooper offered only reasons that Romney should work with them: that discrimination is a form of economic inefficiency and impediment to job growth. But you could make the same argument to any president. The question is what Romney has said that gives them such confidence. Cooper says, “Romney been clear in his opposition to workplace discrimination.” As I’ve written before, Romney has spoken of his personal preference not to practice discrimination, but he has not actually publicly called for outlawing workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Cooper said he would e-mail me Romney quotes I may have missed that do call for such legislation, but as of this writing he had not done so.  As I continued to press this point, Cooper blurted out, “Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?” And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement. His advisers have privately assured LCR that Romney supports ENDA, even though he so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public. (Although ENDA polls very well, major social conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, continue to oppose it and demand that Romney do the same.)
Bolding is mine. You may choose to interpret Cooper's response otherwise.  Wherever the truth may lie, the next few days may prove quite interesting, should Romney's team respond to the hail of questions that are surely coming their way. AmericaBlog reminds us to consider what happened to Richard Grenell, the last homocon shown favor by Mitt Romney.

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