In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 10, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and push for an amendment to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage.
He boasted his record as governor of Massachusetts and said he has always strongly opposed gay marriage.
“I fought to have a stay on that decision, then pushed for a marriage amendment to our Constitution. We lost by only one vote in the legislature. And I successfully prohibited out-of-state couples from coming to our state to get married and then going home,” Romney said. “On my watch, we fought hard and prevented Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.”
He argued that conservative values are under attack by liberals and secularists.
“Our conservative values also came under attack. Less than a year after I took office, the state’s Supreme Court inexplicably found a right to same-sex marriage in the constitution written by John Adams. I presume he’d be surprised” Romney said. “When I am president, I will defend the Defense of Marriage Act. And I will fight for an amendment to our constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.”
Romney was hardly alone in his anti-gay rhetoric and he took the stage just hours after fellow presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who promised to appoint only those who reaffirmed his Christian faith to important positions within the government.
Rights do not originate from government, but from “a higher authority,” Santorum said.
Both Romney and Santorum have blasted the recent ruling striking down California’s ban on gay marriage by the 9th District Court of Appeals and called the decision judicial activism.