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US Senator Orrin Hatch blasted for not supporting federal ban on gay marriage

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer: 'I think he may have had a bad moment'

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who said this week that the issue of marriage equality should be left up to individual states, is getting some flak for breaking from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the issue.

Romney has pledged support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but Hatch told SiriusXM's Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican National Convention this week that he's 'a believer that the states should be able to make their own determination.'

That did not sit well with prominent evangelical activist Gary Bauer, president of American Values and former president of the conservative Family Research Council.

'The goal of the gay rights movement is to take a state that has same-sex marriage and to use that state as a battering ram and a lawsuit before the Supreme Court to force every state to have same sex marriage,' Bauer said on the SiriusXM OutQ radio show.  'So I’m sorry that Orrin fell for it. ... I think Orrin Hatch may have had a bad moment or he forgets what’s happened in the last 30 years -- courts forcing radical social change on the American people.'

While he does not favor a federal ban, Hatch reiterated: 'I believe in the sanctity of the marriage covenant and the traditional definition, but the states have a right to do it.'

According to The Huffington Post, a spokesman for Hatch said Thursday (30 August) that the 78-year-old senator did not specifically say that he doesn't support a constitutional amendment supporting gay marriage but that he simply prefers that the matter be left up to states.'

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