Romney, who as Governor actively sought to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts, has signed the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-marriage equality pledge to push for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.” He has proposed a three-tier system to allow already-married same-sex couples to remain married, but preventing any state from offering same-sex marriage licenses henceforth.
Hatch told Signorile that he’s a “believer that the states should be able to make their own determination” and that he’s no longer even thinking about a constitutional amendment to take that right away.
HATCH: There are about, what, six states that have done it? They’ve chosen to do that. I don’t agree with that, because I believe in the sanctity of the marriage covenant and the traditional definition, but the states have a right to do it.
SIGNORILE: But Mitt Romney wants to pass a federal amendment though that would stop those states?
HATCH: I’ve never heard that — never heard him say that. I don’t think that’s his position. But I don’t know.
Hatch previously had co-sponsored constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.