Mitt Romney on Marriage

By Richard Nelson

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February 19, 2014

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While federal judges in Kentucky are busy striking down portions of the Commonwealth's marriage amendment, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered wise words about the highly contested space that same-sex marriage now occupies. On with Meet the Press's David Gregory, Romney offered these words:

"I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in a setting where there's a father and mother. Now there are many other different settings that children are raised in, and people have the right to live their life as they want to. But I think marriage should be defined in the way it's been defined for several thousand years. And if gay couples want to live together, that's fine as well, that's their right."

Romney went on to state his belief that the issue of marriage should be decided by the people, not the courts—something that Judge Heyburn of Kentucky would do well to learn.

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