Gov. Mitt Romney made certain the brand new crop of graduates in front of him today (12 May) understood his position on gay marriage.
'Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,' the presumptive Republican nominee said at today's Liberty University commencement.
This stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama's announcement in support of gay marriage.
According to the New York Times, Romney's speech was a way for the former governor to prove to conservative Christians, an important bloc of the GOP, that he is a comrade in arms.
Liberty University was founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement. Romney is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A report, published last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, noted 'white evangelical Protestants... are more inclined than the public as a whole to view Mormonism as a non-Christian faith.' Despite this, Christian evangelicals are geared to vote for Romney over Obama in November.
Romney also stressed the importance of faith in the public arena.
'It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of being blessed with,' he said. 'Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government.'