GOP Candidates Talk Same-Sex Marriage (VIDEO)


Potential candidates for the GOP presidential ticket met in Iowa this week for Thursday’s Ames debate ahead of the weekend’s straw poll. †When it came to a question on same-sex marriage the candidates were consistently against, but the variations in their answers did raise some interesting questions.

Mitt Romney declared that marriage is a “status” and therefore individual states should not be given the power to decide whether they grant marriage rights to same-sex couples. Instead there should be an established consistency brought about by a federal marriage amendment. So no to state†sovereignty, yes to big government then — at least on this issue. Also calling marriage a status would seem to indicate Romney believes marriage is a government defined concept outside of a purely religious definition, and if so I’d be interested to know how he defends civil same-sex marriage discrimination in absence of religious doctrine.

Ron Paul†inferred slippery slope arguments that put same-sex marriage and polygamy in the same bracket are so far out of reality they’re absurd, †but he did say he thought marriage should be between a single man and a single woman and that the federal government shouldn’t be involved. I would be interested to find out, then, if Rep. Paul would like to get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act which in 1996 altered the federal government’s neutral stance on marriage by preventing it from recognizing state sanctioned same-sex marriages.

Rick Santorum, who had quite a metaphor filled week where gay marriage is concerned,†went on the attack saying it sounded like Rep. Paul thought polygamous marriages would be okay. The jokes write themselves.

Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, was horn-tooting all the way. She was keen to point out that she has always supported the federal marriage amendment and confirmed that as president she wouldn’t nominate “activist judges who would legislate from the bench” so as to ensure when same-sex marriage does reach the court… well, she stopped short of saying it but clearly she wants a ruling along her ideological lines and is prepared to select judges on that basis.

Congressman Jon Huntsman, however, stood out among the other candidates when he stressed that while he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, he believes the nation can do better on equality when it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights. He said he supports civil unions.

Watch the Think Progress video of the candidates’ answers below. The video unfortunately cuts Paul off before he can say he wants the federal government out of the marriage game, but you can read his full remarks and a transcript of the other candidates’ positions here.

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you for the information.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson7 years ago

With people out of work and frightened , the Republicans have CHOSEN to focus on the opposite financial direction of what economists suggest and to attack women ,minorities ,poor people and LGBT.All the attacks on abortion,birth control,Medicare and Gay Marriage are to hurt Obama's support among the people those things affect.THEY are playing HARDBALL. THEIR plan is to GET RID OF OBAMA NO MATTER WHO THEY HURT.THEY are BARELY disguised RACISTS with a minor in SEXISM. ALL the REPUBLICANS are infected with TEAPARTY which MEANS RELIGIOUS FANATICISM. We need to remember that the REAL FOUNDING FATHERS insisted that RELIGION'S PLACE IS IN CHURCH NOT GOVERNMENT. Civil marriage ,a government function, MUST BE EVERYONE'S RIGHT. Church weddings are up to the church involved. In the same way that religous TEACHERS DON'T TEACH RELIGION, RELIGIOUS LEGISLATORS NEED TO NOT LEGISLATE RELIGION.

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M7 years ago

Scary that such "narrow minded" individuals are considered candidates for this countries presidency.

Dominic C.
Dominic C7 years ago


Lilithe Magdalene

Such ignorance.

William Y.
William Y7 years ago

Sharon A. asks, "How would sanctioning gay marriage ruin this country??

To put it simply, it wouldn't.

Why is it that those states that allow same-sex marriages tend to have lower divorce rates among traditional marriages?

Jan N.
Jan N7 years ago

Libertarian :A proponent of Libertarianism, a political philosophy that upholds individual liberty, especially freedom of expression and action. Rules out Ron Paul. Give it up, old dude, the Republican base will ever go for you, and your rabid fan base is too small to overcome.

Karen & Edward O.
Karen and Ed O7 years ago

If the office of the President of the US weren't at stake this would be laughable. The top contender makes absolutely no sense in his statement and of course, Bachmann spouted off her usual blah, blah, blah. Huntsman was the only one who showed any sign at all of sanity.

Dan B.
Dan Brook7 years ago

They've taken the public out of Republican.

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.