Romney and Gay Marriage


As President Obama supported gay marriage, Mitt Romney made it clear he’s against both gay marriage and civil unions. It’s something he’s said before.

CPAC 2012 (key phrase at 13:00):

He also has it posted on his website in a section called marriage:

The values that Mitt Romney learned in his home have enriched his life immeasurably. With his parents’ example before him, he married, had five sons, and now basks in the joy of sixteen grandchildren.

Marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve traditional marriage – the joining together of one man and one woman. As president, Mitt will not only appoint an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act – a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton – but he will also champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Now, here’s the interesting thing. Romney is for states giving benefits to domestic partnerships, including adoption.

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Many gay couples are able to adopt children. That’s fine,” Mr. Romney said in a television interview with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. Mr. Romney’s comments come a day after President Barack Obamaannounced he supports gay marriage.

The presumptive GOP nominee said he knows there are gay couples who are in committed relationships and have the right to live together, receive domestic partnership benefits and can adopt children.

But “to call that marriage is, in my view, a real departure from the meaning of that word,” Mr. Romney said. Mr. Romney is opposed to both gay marriage and civil unions but said he believes states should decide what kind of domestic partnership benefits they afford to gay couples.

There are two big questions now:

1) If a federal amendment passes, how will it affect states that have legalized gay marriage like New Hampshire, New York and Washington state?

2) What will Romney say at Liberty University on Saturday?

I’m not a constitutional lawyer so I don’t know the answer to Question #1. The answer to Question #2…we’ll find out Saturday.

But Romney could either pull Rick Santorum’s supporters towards him or alienate, and anger, a lot of others.

The weekend just got really interesting…and not because the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim start a three game series.

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