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Romney Would Preserve Open Gay Service In The Military

By Igor Volsky  

"Romney Would Preserve Open Gay Service In The Military"

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Mitt Romney indicated he would preserve the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during an interview with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board this afternoon, drawing a clear distinction with opponent Newt Gingrich, who has said he would ban gays and lesbians from serving openly if elected president:

QUESTION: How do you feel about gays serving openly in the military.

ROMNEY: That’s already occurred and I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage.

QUESTION: But you’re comfortable with it?

ROMNEY: Um, I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, by virtue of the complicating features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on, but those wars are winding down and moving in that direction at this stage no longer presents that problem.

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Romney had hinted that he might bring back the ban during a June debate in New Hampshire, but has historically maintained that he opposes changing the policy during wartime.

Asked about marriage equality, Romney reiterated his support for a federal marriage amendment, but explained that a strong push for the measure would be politically futile. He also refused to say what else — if anything — he would do to work against same-sex marriage. Romney previously opposed a federal amendment, saying that questions of marriage should be left to the states.

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