During a “Meet the Candidates” event held by Spanish-language channel Univision, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked what his advice would be if he had a gay family member who wanted to get married. Romney responded:
I love my children, and I love my grandchildren, and of course I’d want them to be happy. My view is this: individuals should be able to pursue a relationship of love and respect and raise a family as they would choose. I would like to have the term ‘marriage’ continue to be associated with a relationship between one man and one woman, and that certainly doesn’t prevent two people of the same gender living in a loving relationship together having a domestic partnership, if you will.
Romney’s position is not new, but his disingenuous gall is telling. By amending the Constitution to define “marriage” narrowly — as he has pledged to do — he would create the very obstacles to happiness and fairness that his would-be gay grandchildren might face. As of 2004, he didn’t even know that gays and lesbians had families. Though he speaks in favor of hospital visitation and other limited rights for same-sex couples, Romney continues to deny that their relationships are equal to those of heterosexual couples.
— Greg Noth