VIDEO: Major GOP Candidates Against Same Sex Marriage
Lost in the campaign coverage in the days leading to Mitt Romney’s victory in yesterday’s New Hampshire Republican primary was the steadfast support voiced by each of the serious presidential contenders for traditional marriage.
While it was Rick Santorum’s strident defense of traditional marriage against same-sex marriage supporters that dominated last week’s headlines before Tuesday’s primary vote, those candidates with eyes toward conservative voters in South Carolina were sure to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
A video by July Fourth Forum Political Action Committee highlighted candidate responses from Saturday night’s presidential debate at St. Anselm College.
Newt Gingrich grounded his views on biblical history. “The sacrament of marriage was based on a man and woman, has been for 3,000 years,” said Gingrich.
“And I think protecting and upholding that doesn’t mean you have to go out and make life miserable for others, but it does mean you make a distinction between a historic sacrament of enormous importance in our civilization, and simply deciding it applies everywhere and it’s just a civil right. It’s not.”
Mitt Romney, who earlier in the campaign made similar comments in an exchange with a gay voter at a New Hampshire diner, was careful to balance his support for traditional marriage against a promise not to discriminate against gays.
“There’s every right for people in this country to form long-term, committed relationships with one another,” said Romney. “But to say that marriage is something other than the relationship between a man, a man and a woman, I think, is a mistake.”
Rick Santorum said the definition of marriage is grounded in the Constitution. “If the Constitution says marriage is between a man and a woman, then marriage is between a man and a woman.”
But it was Gingrich’s turn on a question over discrimination against gay couples that many traditional marriage advocates in New Hampshire said was the strongest rebuke against a reported bias against traditional marriage in national news coverage and the Obama Administration.
“You don’t hear the opposite question asked, should the Catholic Church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won’t accept gay couples – which is exactly what the state has done?” Gingrich asked.
“Should the Catholic Church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration?”
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