Romney: "National Standard" For Marriage; States To Decide Gay Rights
"Iâ€™ve made it very clear that I believe marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman. And, I know other people have differing views, but thatâ€™s my view," Mitt Romney reiterated his view on gay marriage on FOX News' "Your World" with host Neil Cavuto.
"You know, I donâ€™t think the matter of marriage is really a fundraising matter, either for the president and itâ€™s certainly is not for me," Romney said about Obama's fundraising surge since announcing his support for same-sex marriage.
"You donâ€™t change your positions to try to win states or certain sub-groups of Americans. You have the positions you have," Romney added.
"My preference would be to have a national standard that would define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman," Romney said. "That would then allow states to determine what rights would be provided for people of the same gender that want to have a relationship. There could be domestic partnership benefits, for instance, where one state might decide to provide hospital visitation rights. Another state might decide to provide that as well as benefits of other kinds."
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.
"Well, first of all, I had no idea what that individualâ€™s sexual orientation might be. Going back to the 1960s, that wasnâ€™t something that we all discussed or considered. So, thatâ€™s simply just not accurate. I donâ€™t recall the incident myself but Iâ€™ve seen the reports and Iâ€™m not going to argue with that. Thereâ€™s no question that I did some stupid things while I was high school, and obviously if I hurt anyone by virtue of that, I would be very sorry for it and apologize for it," Romney said about allegations published in the Washington Post that he bullied a gay teenager during his time at a prep school.