Playwright Doug Wright, who won the Tony for “I Am My Own Wife,” took to Facebook to deliver a message to friends who are supporting Mitt Romney, telling them “it’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights
movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit.
You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia.
You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with
your candidate on these issues.”
This follows a brewing campaign on Facebook to “unfriend” those who support the Republican nominee, particularly after the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Romney earlier this week. In fact, given the wide gulf between President Obama’s positions on LGBT issues and those of Romney, the choice on election day is being put into ever more personal terms. It probably doesn’t help temper feelings by the fact that Facebook gives a complete list of friends who “like” Romney.
Another Broadway figure, Max Von Essen, also takes on the economic rationale for supporting Romney, sharing a letter to a friend who announced his support for Romney on Facebook. He writes that “Romney and Ryan believe that I am less than you.”
The Log Cabin Republicans cited the economy as the reason for supporting Romney, “despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage.” In the LCR statement, the org said that they believed Romney would “move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents” on “issues of concern to the LGBT community.” That fueled speculation that Romney had made a “deal” with the group to give quiet support to legislation banning workplace discrimination of gays and lesbians, although even that seems to be contradicted by reports of what actually went on in a meeting between the candidate and the Log Cabin group.
Wright’s full message is below: