Mitt Romney Says He Has No Plans to Evolve on Marriage Equality

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com May 09 2012 3:37 PM ET

While President Barack Obama has declared his support for marriage equality,  telling ABC's Robin Roberts that he has evolved on the issue in part because of his daughters and their friends, Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said earlier today that he unequivocally opposes "marriage between people of the same gender."

When talking to FOX31 Denver’s Jeremy Hubbard, Romney was asked about the state's proposed legislation that would have allowed for same-sex civil unions. “Well, when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name. My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”

In another interview, with Denver's CBS affiliate, KCNC TV, Romney reiterated that he has no plans to "evolve" on the issue of same-sex marriage, saying, “My position is the same on gay marriage as it's been well, from the beginning, and that is that marriage is a relation between a man and a woman. That's the posture that I had as governor and I have that today.”

According to ABC News, last Monday on the campaign trail, Romney told reporters that this is a position he's "had for some time, and I don’t intend to make any adjustments at this point.… Or ever, by the way.”