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Mitt Romney on Prioritizing Freedom of Religion in His 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech
August 30, 2012
As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's...
Mitt Romney on How a Strong Traditional Family Structure Will Solve America's Economic Inequalities
July 11, 2012
I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the...
Barack Obama on Why He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage
May 9, 2012
I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the fact that...
Barack Obama on the Christian Values Defining His Decision to Support Same-Sex Marriage
May 9, 2012
In the end the values that I care most deeply about and [the First Lady] cares most deeply about is how we treat other...
Joe Biden on His Support for Same-Sex Marriage
May 6, 2012
I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women...
Mitt Romney on His Committed Opposition to Same Sex Marriage at the Fox News/WSJ Debate
January 16, 2012
I’ve always opposed gay marriage. I believe that we should provide equal rights to people regardless of their sexual...
Mitt Romney on Homosexuality and the Definition of Marriage at the ABC/YAHOO/WMUR NH Debate
January 7, 2012
[...T]his decision about what we call marriage, has consequence which goes far beyond a loving couple wanting to form a...
Mitt Romney on Defending Marriage at the 2011 Values Voter Summit
October 8, 2011
But marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization....
Mitt Romney on Same-Sex Marriage in the Iowa Republican Debate
August 12, 2011
YORK: Do you believe state lawmakers have the right to make same-sex marriage legal in their states?

ROMNEY: I’d far prefer...
Ron Paul on Defining Marriage at the Iowa Republican Debate
August 12, 2011
YORK: You’ve often said you believe defining marriage is a job that should be left to the states. Recently Senator Santorum...
Rick Santorum on the Issue of Defining Marriage at the Iowa Republican Debate
August 12, 2011
YORK: Senator Santorum? You’re looking incredulous [at Ron Paul's position on defining marriage]. Response?

SANTORUM: Well,...
Rick Santorum on Gay Marriage Activism
August 9, 2011
[Homosexual activists] want to force their worldview on us and they’re using this idea of 'equality,' which is absurd. This...
Herman Cain on the Sanctity of Traditional Marriage and Life
July 13, 2011
I stand firmly with the FAMILY Leader and share their vision and commitment to supporting traditional values in American...
Newt Gingrich on New York's Gay Marriage Bill
June 25, 2011
I think the president should be, frankly, enforcing [the Defense of Marriage Act], and I think we are drifting toward a...

Samesexmarriage

Same-Sex Marriage

This collection gathers together key candidate statements on same-sex marriage from the primary and general election campaigns, illustrating how each candidate's understanding of religion in public life influences his or her moral and political perspective on this controversial issue. You can also view a grid that juxtaposes the major positions of the major candidates here.