February 25, 2014 | by Chris Johnson
Mitt Romney calls for veto of Arizona anti-gay bill

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has urged for the veto of the Arizona anti-gay bill (Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has urged for the veto of the Arizona anti-gay bill (Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has added his voice to the choir of voices calling for a veto of the controversial “turn away the gay” bill in Arizona.

Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts and the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the SB 1062 via Twitter.

Romney isn’t the only major Republican to have voiced opposition to the measure, which critics say will enable Arizona businesses to refuse services to LGBT people. Both Republican senators representing the state in the U.S. Senate, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), have urged for a veto of the bill.

But Romney’s opposition to the measure is striking because he was known for holding anti-gay views and support for a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage during his presidential campaign. Just last month, Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” said it could be “generations” before we determine the impact of marriage equality on the nation.

Gregory Angelo, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, commended Romney.

“Our interactions with Governor Romney always showed him to be a common-sense conservative, and his call on Governor Brewer to veto SB-1062 underscores what we knew all along,” Angelo said. “I hope liberals who chastised Log Cabin Republicans for endorsing him for President in 2012 take note.”

UPDATE: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who competed against Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012, also affirmed via Twitter that he believes Brewer should veto the measure.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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