governor Mitt Romney, who is weighing a bid for the
Republican presidential nomination in 2008, dismissed
criticism that he has flip-flopped on the issues of
same-sex marriage and abortion and reaffirmed his
opposition to both. ''Like the vast majority of Americans,
I've opposed same-sex marriage, but I've also opposed unjust
discrimination against anyone, for racial or religious
reasons or for sexual preference,'' Romney said in an
interview with the National Review magazine published
The comments were
Romney's first public explanation of his stance on the
two key social issues since the publication last week of a
1994 letter--sent in the final weeks of his
failed campaign against Edward M. Kennedy for the U.S.
Senate--in which he cited his sensitivity to the
concerns of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay political group.
''As a result of
our discussions and other interactions with gay and
lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than
ever before that as we seek to establish full equality
for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide
more effective leadership than my opponent,'' Romney
wrote in the letter.
During that same
campaign, Romney also stated his personal opposition to
abortion but said he would not seek to change state abortion
laws. As proof, he cited his mother's 1970 candidacy
for the Senate as an abortion rights supporter.
The letter and
his history on abortion have prompted conservative
religious activists to question whether Romney is truly
committed to a conservative social agenda and to
demand he explain his positions. (AP)