The following exchange took place earlier today between Mitt Romney and a gentleman seated at a diner in Manchester, N.H. (short ad precedes video):
The man in the plaid jacket and Vietnam Veterans hat is 63-year-old Bob Garon. When reporters debriefed him after the discussion, they asked him why the issue of gay marriage was important to him.
“Because I’m gay, all right?” Garon said. “And I happen to love a man just like you probably love your wife.”
In fact, Garon is married under New Hampshire law to the man who was sitting across the table from him at the diner, Bob Lemire. They are regulars at the diner, where patrons and staff apparently refer to them as “the Bobs.”
The now-Republican N.H. Legislature is attempting to repeal the law legalizing the Bobs’ marriage. So when an unsuspecting Romney told Bob No. 1 that he support the repeal attempt, Garon was not exactly pleased.
“I have no problem with his beliefs, but I do not think he should throw it on everybody’s face,” Garon said later. “It’s not his choice to make my choice.”
Live free or die, baby.
– Jay Bookman