Romney campaign flip-flops on federal ban on same-sex marriage

Mitt Romney’s presidential election campaign has hardened its stance on same-sex marriage just days after a spokeswoman said he didn’t support banning it in the US Constitution

Romney campaign flip-flops on federal ban on same-sex marriage
21 October 2012

The presidential campaign of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has backtracked just days after a key spokesperson denied that he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Following his second presidential debate with Barack Obama, Romney campaign spokeswoman Bay Buchanan claimed that, if elected, Romney would be prepared to allow US states to decide the issue for themselves despite his opposition on the issue.

‘He is opposed to same-sex marriage. He’s made that very clear,’ Buchanan told The Advocate.

He very much supports traditional marriage, but he’s also a very strong advocate for the Tenth Amendment … It’s a state issue.’

However just days later on October 20 the same spokeswoman stated the opposite to BuzzFeed.

‘Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman,’ Buchanan wrote in a statement.

‘Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage.’

Romney has also backtracked on past statements supporting the rights of same-sex couples to adopt.

In May he told Fox News, ‘If two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child – in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children – in my view, that’s something that people have a right to do.’

However the following day Romney said he merely accepted the reality that most US states had allowed same-sex couples to adopt rather than supporting that.

‘I think all states but one allow gay adoption, so that’s a position which has been decided by most of the state legislators, including the one in my state some time ago,’ Romney told CBS.

‘I simply acknowledge the fact that gay adoption is legal in all states but one.’

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