What really gets me about this whole ordeal was Josh Friedes’ take on past encounters with Romney regarding LGBT protections:
He made clear that he was willing to listen to business leaders about the issue of family recognition. The impression was that if business leaders told him certain benefits and protections would increase the productivity of gay workers, he would be open to supporting those. … It was not really about what these protections would do for gay families, but what they would do for the titans of industry.
It’s very telling. The rights of people within the neoliberal framework - but especially according to Romney’s worldview - are subject only to how they benefit profit. LGBT equality can never be an end in and of itself, within this framework, only a means to further productivity and growth. If they are unprofitable, or might hinder productivity, they are something to be opposed.
This is why the argument that same-sex marriage would be good for the economy makes me want to throw things. These things are important because of their contribution to human dignity, not because of how they might benefit business. The idea that we might end up with a leader who, on a basic level, fails to understand that simple fact, truly terrifies me.