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Romney U: Infographic: Civil Unions and the Two Mitt Romneys

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Andrew Phifer is an intern for LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Crosby Burns is a Research Associate for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at CAP Action.


[1] Frank Phillips, “Romney’s stance on civil unions draws fire,” The Boston Globe, February 23, 2005, available at http:/

[2] Marc Ambinder, “2012 And Huntsman’s Surprise,” The Atlantic, February 13, 2009, available at

[3] Ben Adler, “The Nation: Gay Marriage Caught Romney Off Guard,” The Nation, May 11, 2012, available at

[4] Ibid.

[5] Maggie Haberman, “Gay marriage decisions shows ‘leadership,’ Rudy Giuliani says of Andrew Cuomo,” Politico, June 27, 2011, available at

[6] David Gibson, “Condi Rice: Pro-Choice, Libertarian . . . and Evangelical,” Politics Daily, December 28, 2010, available at

[7] Nick Wing, “Laura Bush: Gay Marriage Should Be Legal, Abortion Should Remain Legal,” The Huffington Post, May 13, 2010, available at

[8] Jo Becker, “A Conservative’s Road to Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy,” The New York Times, August 18, 2009, available at

[9] Michael Barbaro, “Romney Reaffirms Opposition to Marriage, or Unions, for Gay Couples,” The New York Times, May 9, 2012, available at

[10] Luke Johnson, “Michele Bachmann Reacts To Encounter With Elijah, 8-Year-Old With Gay Mother,” The Huffington Post, December 7, 2011, available at

[11] Leigh Ann Caldwell, “Santorum opposes civil unions for same-sex couples,” CBS News, February 22, 2012, available at

[12] “Defense of Marriage Act,” available at (last accessed July 2012).

[13] “Herman Cain Supports ‘Traditional Marriage,’ Won’t Say If He Opposes Civil Unions,” Equality Matters, June 10, 2011, available at

[14] “Newt Gingrich – Candidates Stances on Issues within Gay Rights,” available at (last accessed July 2012).

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