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Romney: No on Gay Marriage, Yes on Partnership Benefits

Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 11:35 AM

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is steadfast in defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, but he also supports extending certain rights to gay couples, reports CNSNews.com.

“What I would support is letting people who are of the same gender form – if you will – partnership agreements, if they want to have a partnership with someone else and have as a result of that such things as hospital visitation rights and similar benefits of that nature,” frontrunner Romney said Monday at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

The candidate did not give many specifics on how these same-sex unions would be recognized, or if they would follow guidelines already in place in several states with domestic partnership laws.

As governor, Romney ridiculed the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in 2003 that legalized gay marriage and required Justices of the Peace to perform same-sex ceremonies.

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