Former Louisiana governor Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer III is glad to live in a country where gays are "honored and esteemed" but says he doesn't support same-sex marriage.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Roemer, a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who labels himself a "traditionalist," talked about having a "gay member" in his extended family (not his wife or kids, he said, "cousins, that sort of thing") who he said was "a great guy."
"He moved to California so he would be in a community where he would be more comfortable," Roemer said. "And I love living in a country where gays are honored and esteemed, but traditional lives can continue as well."
The twice-divorced Roemer also expressed his thoughts on marriage equality. "If I was living in the state or was part of the debate, I would oppose it, I want to make that clear," he said. "But that's why we have 50 states. They're all a little bit different."