GOP hopeful Mitt Romney this week touted an endorsement from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an enemy of LGBT equality and writer of the anti-immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama.
“I’m so proud to earn Kris’ support,” Romney said in a statement on his campaign site. “Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law. With Kris on the team, I look forward to working with him to take forceful steps to curtail illegal immigration and to support states like South Carolina and Arizona that are stepping forward to address this problem.”
Kobach said Romney would be a president to “finally put a stop to a problem that has plagued our country for a generation: millions of illegal aliens coming into the country and taking jobs from United States citizens and legal aliens, while consuming hundreds of billions of dollars in public benefits at taxpayer expense.”
Kobach added, “He is also the candidate who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the states that are fighting to restore the rule of law. I am pleased to stand with this true conservative.”
The Romney campaign’s backgrounder for Kobach identified him as the former chair of the Kansas GOP, a professor of constitutional law and “a longtime advocate for immigration reform” who co-authored the controversial immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama.
The campaign didn’t mention Kobach’s anti-gay record, including a 2004 statement that LGBT civil rights groups promote “homosexual pedophilia.”
Romney, campaigning in New Hampshire, where same-sex couples can marry, touted his opposition to discrimination against LGBT people.
But Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said the candidate cannot say he’s pro-gay in New Hampshire and go to South Carolina to stand “proudly with someone who equates being gay with pedophilia.”
“Romney,” Solmonese said, “has a long track record of wild flip-flops on LGBT issues. This is perhaps the most glaring example to date that he is a dangerous candidate who will say whatever it takes to get elected.”
HRC has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election.