Romney Stumbles Over Religion and Gay Marriage

Appearing on Piers Morgan’s show on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney was asked about gay rights:

I’ve always been in favor of preventing discrimination against people, whether they are homosexual or — or straight…At the same time, I said I believe that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. And that position has not changed. And I read now and then that I’ve changed my mind on gay rights. It’s simply not true. I am in favor of gay rights, but I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.

When asked specifically what gay rights that he favors, the only thing Romney could muster was equal rights in employment. To summarize his views on gay rights, he believes that private citizens shouldn’t have the right to hire or serve whomever they please, but the government has the right to ban gay people from getting married (neither of which are in the Constitution, mind you).

When Piers Morgan attempted to discern the origin for Romney’s opposition to same-sex Marriage, Romney had this to say:

You know, I still feel quite distinctly matters of personal faith from the leadership that one has in a political sense….You don’t begin to apply the doctrines of a religion to responsibility for guiding a nation or for guiding a state.

That statement will not only hurt Romney’s status among the religious right, many of whom may already be leery of his Mormonism, but it also makes him a hypocrite. Indeed, religion has no place in shaping public policy. Unfortunately Mitt Romney does not actually believe this.

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