An openly gay Mitt Romney donor has decided to pull his support for the presumptive GOP nominee and instead support President Obama’s reelection campaign, citing the former Massachusetts governor’s opposition to same-sex marriage as a clincher, reports The Huff Post.
“I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year,” Bill White wrote in a letter to the former Massachusetts governor and obtained by CNN.
“You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer,” White said.
Bill White is the chairman and CEO of the New York-based consulting firm Constellations Group.
White made his decision following President Obama’s announcement last week that he supports same-sex marriage. However, White clarified that he does not agree with the president on fiscal issues.
“I was going to vote for Romney because I think he will be a guy who will have more fiscal control,” said White.
But he pointed out that Mitt Romney’s speech during Liberty University’s commencement on Saturday made him believe that Romney would press for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
“I feel like [Romney has] declared war on my marriage,” White said. “And I could just sit back and not say anything. Or I could do something about it. And I’ve chosen to do something about it.”
He added that he was surprised to hear that Vice President Joe Biden and later President Obama support gay marriage, according to Reuters.
“When I heard Biden say he was comfortable with men marrying men I almost fell off my chair,” said White.
“These guys are on the right side of history,” said White, who got married to Joseph Bryan Eure in October 2011. Their wedding was officiated by David Boies, a lawyer who defended gay marriage equality in California and became the first legal gay marriage ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel.
White had donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign and planned to donate more. He had even pushed his friends to cut checks to Romney, who has not yet refunded his money.
President Obama, whose campaign dononations are made up of 1 in 6 who are openly gay, has found himself flushed with cash as a result of the announcement of his support of same-gender marriage. Most notable was the $15 million fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney.
Meanwhile, Obama on Monday defended his view that same-sex couples should have the right to marry, saying that the country has never gone wrong when it “expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody,” tells The Huff Post.
“That doesn’t weaken families. That strengthens families,” Obama told gay and lesbian supporters and others at a fundraiser hosted by singer Ricky Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council. “It’s the right thing to do.”
“At root, so much of this has to do with a belief that not only are we all in this together but all of us are equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect, and everybody deserves a shot,” Obama told about 200 supporters.