In 1999, when Mitt Romney was chosen to head the Salt Lake Olympics, I had the privilege of interviewing Ann Romney who had followed her husband to Utah for the duration of the games.
Surprisingly frank, Ann Romney told me she was not entirely comfortable with the Mormon culture in Utah. (Since then, many Mormons from outside the state, who have lived with neighbors of other faiths, have told me they are put off by the rigid smugness of Salt Lake City brethren.)
Ann told me that in Boston she was a member of an interdenominational group that brought help to the less-fortunate of all faiths. She said she cherished her interaction with leaders of other faiths.
I've often wondered what Mitt and his handlers thought of Ann's from-the-hip comments.
I was reminded of my conversation with Ann Romney recently when I read that KSL-TV will not carry a sit-com about a surrogate mother who moves in with a gay couple to help them have a child. In a press release, Jeff Simpson, a CEO of KSL's parent company, explained:
For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time. The dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides.... To oversimplify KSL’s decision to one dimension (that the show includes gay characters) is simply inaccurate."
But Ellen Barkin, star of the series "The New Normal," isn't buying Simpson's baloney, she exploded on Twitter:
“Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots"
So where does Ann Romney come it? The wife of the GOP's first Mormon presidential candidate says her favorite show is Modern Family, which includes the adventures of a gay couple who adopted a baby girl.
Modern Family's co-creator Steve Levitan Tweeted: "Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal."
Ann Romney just might take him up on the offer.