Romney Says Gay Adoption Should Be a State Decision

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 11:51 AM

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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has raised the idea of states’ rights when it comes to laws concerning same-sex couples who wish to adopt.
 
“Gov. Romney has consistently said that gay adoption should be assessed on a state-by-state basis not at the federal level,” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams told CNSNews.com.

Although the former Massachusetts governor has been steadfast in defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, he also has supported rights for gay partnerships.

Romney told the Boston Globe while he was governor that such couples have
 “a legitimate interest in being able to receive adoptive services.”

Since 2006, Romney has pushed for a constitutional amendment defining marriage in the traditional sense.

Romney on Monday reiterated his support of traditional marriage and nuclear families at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, where he also voiced support for benefits for same-sex couples.


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