Mitt Romney Still Opposes Gay Marriage
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Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage on Wednesday but declined to condemn President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, noting the sensitivity of the issue. Following a campaign speech in Oklahoma that focused primarily on energy, jobs and the economy, the presumptive Republican nominee reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage in light of Obama’s announcement today. “I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor,” he said. “I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
It was an opinion that Romney had voiced earlier in the day to television affiliates in Colorado, when the former Massachusetts governor faced questions amid growing speculation that Obama would announce his support for same-sex marriages. But while Romney’s position contrasted with Obama’s, he declined to sharply criticize the president — saying he would leave it up to the media to parse out Obama’s “evolution” on the issue. “This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same views I’ve had since running for office,” he said.
Romney has previously backed certain benefits for gay couples — for instance, the right to visit with a sick partner in the hospital — but said each state should be free to determine their own laws.