The American Family Association’s chief spokesperson, Bryan Fischer, is outraged that Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his campaign’s national security spokesman. It’s not because of Grenell’s various offensive tweets, but simply because he is gay. Describing Romney’s choice as a “poke in the eye to the pro-family community,” Fischer chides the presumptive candidate for suggesting that homosexual behavior is healthy, not harmful as the AFA regularly claims. To compensate for this misstep, Fischer offers six anti-LGBT steps to help Romney “start pandering in a big, fat hurry”:
This encapsulated anti-gay, anti-trans agenda is particularly revealing. Fischer wants the odds to be stacked as much as possible against LGBT people in terms of their relationships, their right to serve their country, and their rights to employment. It’s a naked admission that social conservatives intend to discriminate. It seems doubtful Romney will walk back his support of maintaining the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or draw focus to any other social issues as he seeks to pick up moderates in his general election campaign. Nevertheless, Fischer has drawn a line in the sand for social conservatives’ expectations, which could create a challenging balancing act for Romney.