A New Hampshire
woman, frustrated with Republican presidential hopeful
Mitt Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage, made a point
of telling him about her personal experience.
"I am a gay woman
and I have children. Your comment that you just made,
it sort of invalidates my family," said Cynthia Fish, a
mother of a 6-year-old and 8-year-old. "I wish you
could explain to me more why, if we are sending our
troops over to fight for liberty and justice for all
throughout this country, why not for me? Why not for my
asked Fish about her children, and then praised her.
Romney said. "I'm delighted that you have a family and
you're happy with your family. That's the American way....
People can live their lives as they choose and children can
be a great source of joy, as you know. And I welcome
But then Romney
repeated his view of marriage.
"Marriage is an
institution which is designed to bring a man and woman
together to raise a child and the ideal setting for society
at large is where there is a male and a female
associated with the development and nurturing of a
child," Romney said.
Massachusetts governor acknowledged other scenarios that
involve the raising of children.
"There are other
ways to raise kids that's fine: single moms,
grandparents raising kids, gay couples raising kids. That's
the American way, to have people have their freedom of
choice," he said. (AP)