Mitt Romney bragged about his opposition to gay marriage to a Republican audience on Friday as he fights to remain ahead of his rivals in the race for the presidential nomination.
Speaking before at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference in Washington D.C., Romney discussed gay marriage becoming legal while he was governor of Massachusetts.
'Our conservative values also came under attack,' he said. 'Less than a year after I took office, the state’s supreme court inexplicably found a right to same-sex marriage in the constitution written by John Adams. I presume he’d be surprised.'
'I fought to have a stay on that decision, then pushed for a marriage amendment to our Constitution,' he added. 'We lost by only one vote in the legislature. And I successfully prohibited out- of-state couples from coming to our state to get married and then going home. On my watch, we fought hard and prevented Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.'
Earlier this week, Romney had forcefully slammed a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
With his front-runner status threatened, Romney has ramped-up his opposition to gay marriage. He has been criticized by some in the Republican party for not being socially conservative enough and this week lost three contests to rival Rick Santorum.
'When I am president, I will defend the Defense of Marriage Act,' Romney told the CPAC crowd. 'And I will fight for an amendment to our constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.'