Mitt Romney found out today that it's a little bit more difficult to tell a gay person you believe in repealing their rights when you're sitting with them face-to-face, and that person happens to be a veteran. It's relatively easy to give interviews and send out mailers telling people you don't believe in gay marriage to beef up your conservative credentials in Iowa and New Hampshire, but telling a gay person face-to-face? Not so much, and perhaps that's why this video (below) has gotten attention. When Romney sat down next to a flannel-clad, Vietnam Veteran cap-wearing 63-year-old Bob Garon, he probably had no idea that Garon was gay when he stated, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," and said that he would like to see the repeal of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage laws. Those would be the same-sex marriage laws that allowed Garon to marry his husband in July. It's not until Garon responds, “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?", that you see a bit of panic and Romney's wheels start to spin, as he puts it all together and finds out just how hard it is to tell a fellow human being that he supports taking away their rights. Cue the awkwardness:
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