During a campaign event in New Hampshire this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney got a little bit more than he perhaps bargained for when he took a question from a Vietnam veteran and found himself quizzed on his stance on gay marriage.
The incident, at Chez Vachon diner in Manchester, saw cap-wearing veteran Bob Garon ask Romney about whether he supports a Republican-led effort to repeal same-sex marriage in the state.
Romney stuck to the script and reiterated his stance that marriage “is between a man and a woman,” adding, “that’s my view.”
Sixty-three year-old Garon, who it turns out was sat there with his husband whom he married in June of this year, wasn’t about to let that pass, pressing, “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”
Romeny again repeated his “marriage is between a man and a woman” stance.
Garon balked “It’s good to know how you feel. That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”
Romney replied to this, “No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”
One of Romeny’s aides then interrupted the discussion.
“Oh, I guess the question was too hot,” Garon quipped.
Romney, refuted this: “No, I gave you the answer, you said you had a yes or no answer and I gave you the answer.”
Garon thanked Romney and then said, “New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer. And you know what Governor? Good luck.”
During a subsequent interview Garon added, “I went and fought for my country and I think my spouse should be entitled to the same [benefits as they would] if I were married to a woman. What the hell is the difference?”
Watch Garon’s full encounter with Romney below (video courtesy of TIME):
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