Romney maintains opposition to gay marriage

2012-05-12 20:16

Lynchburg - Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney firmly rejected same-sex marriage on Saturday in a major address at the nation's biggest Christian university.

Three days after President Barack Obama voiced support for gay and lesbian marriage, Romney said the "pre-eminence of the family" was the cornerstone of the principles that underpin American culture .

"As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate," the presumptive Republican nominee told freshly minted graduates at Liberty University.

"So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman," he said in a grave voice, raising a loud cheer from the crowd.

Romney - who refrained from directly referring to homosexuality, gays or lesbians in his speech - has previously stated he is against gay marriage, but says same-sex couples should have some rights such as child adoption.

Virginia is a key battleground in November's presidential election. First Lady Michelle Obama preempted Romney by delivering her own commencement speech at another university less than 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Lynchburg.

With Obama's landmark public endorsement of same-sex marriage, and a fundraiser at Hollywood star George Clooney's home raising $15m, Romney chose to tout family values aiming set himself apart from his incumbent rival.

With so many Christian graduates in his audience, Romney stressed faith and "the commitments of family", in a speech with strong references to God and what he called America's Judeo-Christian tradition."

"Take those away, or take them for granted, and so many things can go wrong in a life. Keep them strong, and so many things will go right," he said.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-12 20:25

    Romney is nie dom nie! Romney 4 President!!! - 2012-05-12 21:13

      @kobus,I agree!Romney is the man 4 the hour!

      Andres - 2012-05-12 21:20

      I agree: back to traditional values. No divorce; no mixed-marriages; no single-parents and adoptions, just traditional families the way it was thousands of years ago. We all know, children that grow up in heterosexual dysfunctional homes grow up better, than children that grow up in a loving alternative marriage! Yipee for old values of yore!!! ;-)

      Alaina - 2012-05-12 21:41

      Annman, have you grown up in a heterosexual dysfunctional family? What kind of nonsense are you speaking that it's better than a same sex loving environment? Staying \for the sake of the children\ is a joke and children are not stupid to fall for it and it causes more harm than good. Read this, just one article on the subject. The intolerance on this site is sickening.

      Willem - 2012-05-12 22:22

      haai kyk almal, kobus het dieselfde "I.K" as Romney :O

      Pulverturm - 2012-05-12 22:46

      Alaina, I think annman was being Sarcastic :)

      Alaina - 2012-05-12 23:05

      Oh ok, sorry if it was sarcasm then. :-)

      wesleywt - 2012-05-12 23:47

      Ha ha ha. You are following a man who believes marriage is between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman and a woman. He is a slimeball that changes his tune with each audience. If you actually followed US politics you will see this.

      Fred - 2012-05-12 23:49

      The intollerance of those who demand tollerance is just sickining. Grow up. Accept who you are and stop seeking my approval for your actions!

      Willem - 2012-05-13 07:16

      "stop seeking my approval", lol, i'm sorry but are you retarded ? people are fighting here for equal rights (the same rights that most people have), think you should stop posting because it's obvious you don't understand why people are upset with this man !!

      Andres - 2012-05-13 08:29

      Extreme sarcasm!!! Love trumps any bigoted view... period!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-05-13 09:04

      @Annman So you also want women to marry their husbands brother, If the husband dies?

  • DREGstudios - 2012-05-12 20:26

    Romney’s Magic Mormon Underwear protects him from the evils of the world including socialism, homosexuality and taxes on his inherited wealth. Can these sacred garments also make it rain down enough cash for a victory in the race since well over 90% of public offices are bought in our country? Drop by to discuss tighty whities and the role of money in politics at

  • Burt.Rabie - 2012-05-12 20:29

    Care for your fellow man. That is what is expected from us. This man should not lead a nation as he will lead it down the path of hate to the gates of hell.

      Benn - 2012-05-13 05:20

      You go to hell for unrepentent sin and rejection of Jesus as Saviour- not for telling the truth.And by that, I am not saying mormons are christians, no more or less than catholics.

      Bob - 2012-05-13 08:40

      Is it a sin for a homosexual man (or indeed a heterosexual woman) to have sexual fantasies about jesus?

  • Panana Ruben - 2012-05-12 20:47

    Obama is sick nd demented, he shud b focusing on real issues lyk boosting de economy of de World. Instead he does de contrary!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-12 21:02

      "Sick and demented" is very demeaning. Are you sure you want to generate this energy through your mind and body? He can do both: focus on social and economic issues. I agree he's not showing enough leadership on a variety of issues. But arriving at this conclusion about gay rights and declaring it ahead of an election is courageous, in my opinion.

      Fred - 2012-05-12 23:24

      fred.fraser, arriving at his conclusion about gay rights ahead of an election is not courageous, it's politics. It is done to promote an image and thus canvas votes which shows the lack of character. If not, then how exactly did he get to that conclusion.

  • Ted - 2012-05-12 20:49

    Rotten Mitt!

  • Ted - 2012-05-12 20:54

    Rotten Mitt!

  • Pagel - 2012-05-12 21:23

    What I do not get is that he is opposed to same sex marriage, but say it is OK for them to adopt children. In the first instance it does not influence anybody - in the second it does and you raise a kid outside the stability of marriage. Does not make sense to me.

  • - 2012-05-12 21:36

    Many babies have survived abortions in the USA.When a nurse asked obama what 2 do he said they must be starved to death.Left alone to starve!Some nurses are in shock over this cruel and inhumane act.Obama will answer to GOD! Romney 4 president!

      Pagel - 2012-05-12 21:46

      1. I don't think that is true. Please provide a reputable reference or stop posting crap. 2. Posting a message once is enough.

      CombiChrist - 2012-05-12 22:31

      His website. Looks reputable enough.:)

      Phoenix - 2012-05-12 22:31

      Seriously??? You actually believe that crap you just wrote???

      Willem - 2012-05-13 07:12

      urk, i assume you r also a staunch believer that garlic cures HIV hephzibah ? hmmm apparently "empirical evidence" is only words to you eh ?

      Thabo - 2012-05-13 08:08

      3 months fetus survives arbotion ?

  • - 2012-05-12 21:38

    Many babies have survived abortions in the USA.When a nurse asked obama what 2 do he said they must be starved to death.Left alone to starve!Some nurses are in shock over this cruel and inhumane act.Obama will answer to GOD! Romney 4 president!

      Phoenix - 2012-05-12 22:36


  • CombiChrist - 2012-05-12 21:38

    Kinda rich coming from a guy who's religion involves religious polygamy.

      Willem - 2012-05-12 22:16

      "This is my Rifle . . ." right @ ya mitt !!!

      CombiChrist - 2012-05-12 22:26

      'It is my life' :) another combicritter

      Fred - 2012-05-12 23:30

      But ultimately Romney is right!

      Willem - 2012-05-13 07:02

      Your surname is Flintstone right Fred ??

  • marinus.botha - 2012-05-12 21:40

    Good. Good for Romney.

      Willem - 2012-05-12 22:20

      Yes i should agree, lets discriminate against everyone not like us!! We can also use religion to smash and condemn everyone not like us (We can temporarily ignore the laws of god here [e.g. love they neighbor, you shall not judge . . .]) . . . if you having problems comprehending my sarcasm marinus then I suggest next time you pray, pray for a brain !!!!

      Fred - 2012-05-12 23:28

      And I suppose you wrote your response in love. Please willem, get real, why must people always compromise their charatcer? Romney never did anything harmful to anyone except for stating his belief. Homosexuality is condemned in the Bible.

      Fred - 2012-05-12 23:41

      When people don't act the way we like we crate words for them to make them feel bad. Grow up please! Calling people homophobes does not right the wrong.

      Benn - 2012-05-13 05:26

      Sure, by your distorted logic, a person who expresses himself strongly against murder, is in fact a closet murderer. That makes good sense- to the homosexual and atheist crowd, who likes to twist truth.

      Willem - 2012-05-13 07:06

      Fred are you serious ??? "never did anything harmful" - He is treating people like second class citizens, are you so blinded by your self righteousness that you can't see this ? "Homosexuality is condemned in the Bible." ... Jesus spend most of his time with 12 guys and a hooker, doesn't that make you think ???

  • Rofhiwa Nelukalo Nesta - 2012-05-13 06:55

    we need someone like him in south african

      Willem - 2012-05-13 07:08

      Thank god we got Madiba Rofhiwa, he set the record straight and paved the way for a non discriminating society.

      Phoenix - 2012-05-13 11:01

      Wow amazing how quickly black South Africans forget what it is like to be opressed by the law and a group of people who believe different to you. Did you learn nothing?

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-05-13 08:25

    @ Willem: jy gaan brand papa. Lekker vir Romney!!

      Willem - 2012-05-13 11:54

      Ek was onder die indruk god maak daai besluit, lyk my vandag se mense oordeel jou sommer voor "oordeelsdag", goeie donner, geen wonder jy het net 25 vriende op facebook nie . . . shame

  • Louise - 2012-05-13 09:25

    I agree fully with Romney in this instance, but why is RON PAUL ignored????? The media will push Romney into the race ahead of Paul, ignoring the fact that R is a Mormon, with all that goes with it....

      Tjaart - 2012-05-13 10:21

      News 24 does not even know who Ron Paul is.

  • Carina Welman - 2012-05-13 10:02

    People fear what they do not know or understand. So I really feel pitty for those who always have to cite the Bible. Now let me cite the Bible for you (all you 'Christians' who love to judge so easily) Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.. by the way, I'm also Christian. If you are a homophobe then it's just as easy for you to be sexist and racist so grow up.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-05-13 19:37

    How sad that humanity, however honorable it may claim to be doesn't seem to be really happy unless it is oppressing others for whatever reason it may be, just look at our history. Do we all have such a inferior complex about ourselves that we need to oppress others to prove we are better than them? The stupid will always be feel threatened by something so this will never change.

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