June 7th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Mitt Romney on gay marriage

Mitt Romney tells CNN's Piers Morgan about his views on gay marriage and Mormonism.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism • TV

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  1. Billiam

    Anyone who runs for President is asking to be pinned down on personal and religious beliefs. I laud Gov Romney for putting himself out there for scrutiny. Just look at how politicians who are unfaithful to their wives are torn apart. Romney is not representing the entire nation with his personal beliefs. Those who choose to vote for him will thank him for representing them.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Gayle

    Interesting strategy Romney is using here. Unlike many other Republican candidates, who will use their faith as a means of appealing to their voter-base, Romney strictly maintains a distinction between his leadership abilities and religious beliefs. But can the two really be separated while in leadership? Can a religious politician still be a wise, fair leader?

    University of Michigan scholar Dr. Wayne Baker is discussing the definition of a "statesman" - a political leader who acts in the interest of the public good regardless of his or her party affiliation - on his daily blog on American values OurValues.org all this week. Today, he asks if a politician's religious beliefs influence his or her ability to be a "statesman." Check it out here:


    June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  3. myweightinwords

    Without religion or clinging to "tradition" there is no arguable offense on permitting same gender marriage.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • JohnQuest

      myweightinwords, even the "tradition" is based on religious views.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  4. CatholicMom

    http://youtu.be/K0sILSapUUc the Church and Hom-os3xuals

    June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  5. YANKO

    We have created a new social network for people of all faith and religions..it is in spanish right now only, but next week will be in another languages..check it out: http://www.wpray4u.com

    June 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  6. JohnQuest

    I am confused, If he says that he can separate his "Religious views" from his governmental responsibilities then how could he be against g ay marriage? Does he have some other objection to g ay marriage outside of his religious views, if so what could they be? The only viable (not reasonable but viable) objection I have ever heard was on religious grounds.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hey -John...

      I agree. I'm still waiting to find an answer outside of a religious argument... or... "it just isn't 'normal' or 'right"

      Peace brother...

      June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  7. The Dude


    June 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Alvin Sklunkman, Accountanting Assistant from Beyond the 8th Dimension

      "If I was real, I would have wiped you motherfukkers off this rock long ago."

      Okay, that's funny!

      "Try masturbation instead of prayer – you will get the same results."

      June 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    CW, have your mommy read this post to you: Where is your proof that being gay is wrong? If you can cite nothing other than the bible, you lose.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • ghj

      natural law?

      June 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sorry, but "natural law" is non-existent in this nation of laws. Our laws aren't dependent on the foibles of some imaginary god or some nonsensical suppositions of yours, dear. The fact is that hom o s3 xuality IS part of nature. It occurs in many species and has been in existence since mankind first walked the earth. Get over it.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • tallulah13

      ghj: Natural law what?
      Check out this link if you think that hom-ose-xual behavior isn't part of natural existence.


      June 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  9. Electric Larry

    Another unelectable conservative. The candidates are out, and it's Loserpalooza on the Right.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Chuck

      Why the push for gay marriage? Aren't they free in this country already to marry? travel to a state where unions can be made between two men or two women? Why does the goverment have to approve or disapprove? Can someone speak to that?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  10. Marie Kidman


    June 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  11. FairGarden

    If this man is hated by atheists and perverts, he must be a very good man.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Troll alert.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Electric Larry

      C'mon, Tom-Tom, don't you recognize Justina/Frederica/Adelina when you see her? Aren't the blathering idiocies and over-the-top insanities just obviously the old product in a new package?

      June 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, I recognize him/her/it. I mentioned it in another thread.

      She's as transparent as cellophane and just about as deep.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Electric Larry

      What a horrible thing to say, Tom-Tom! That's a massive insult to cellophane.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Beg pardon. My apologies to the Cling-Wrap gods.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Free

      I haven't met an atheist who didn't share my dislike of Hitler, Stalin, serial killers, rapists, and a host of other evil people. I guess, by your reasoning, you must find these people all 'good' then?

      If you do, please consider yourself added to the list.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • FairGarden

      F U atheists. My God is the only way.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  12. batchoftruth

    What a surprise another religious gay hater.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Jon

      Boo hoo hoo, he doesn't agree with my lifestyle so he hates me. Gay hater? Really? I think he mentioned he had gays on his staff.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Laurie

      I am confused... So if someone does not want gay marriage but is in favor of civil unions, they hate gays? Wow.... Big leap to make and I am really tired of reading out it. It does not garner support for the cause....

      We are a county so ingrained in image maintenance these days... and we label everything. We have all the different boxes to check in regards to age, gender, ethnicity, even our income.... and if someone wants to distinguish their relationship from another.... Which we are allowed to do in every other category of our lives.... then you would say they "hate".

      I don't agree and don't see it.... Shame to see the name calling to those who have opinions different from yours.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  13. GSA

    @CW- you said "If he is any kind of christian" -so what kind of Christian are you? Is his kind better or yours? What kind was around first?
    You also said "don't like it?...take it up with God."-careful with your wording, talking about gays and telling them to "take it up" with God, now that sounds pretty gay to me.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      CW is the stupid, ignorant hick kind. He can't spell 'cat' without his picture dictionary. Just ask him to tell you about his conception of the difference between "your" and "you're".

      June 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  14. Frogist

    *sigh* More double-talk... he's pro- gay rights, but anti- gay marriage, and it has NOTHING to do with his religious stance. Hmmm so what exactly is the problem with letting gays have the equal right to get married and have all the benefits associated with it? Has anyone ever found an explanation for why gays shouldn't have the right to be married OUTSIDE of a religious argument?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Well said, -CK.


      June 8, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Laurie

      Honestly.... I think the issue is far less about religion than it is in the "label" associated with marriage. I am so tired of the issue...when we have far greater issues in this country. Think about it.... many people go to great lengths to maintain an image. We don't just have "Americans".... we distinguish between our ethnicities. I think that is crazy.... but we do it. Ask a black man in England what he is....and he says he's English. Not.... African English....

      So.... my question is, why not? Why not say yes to civil unions?....and let those that want to affiliate with their religions be married. What is the harm? Why the "win at any cost".... from both sides when there is a way to have equal rights? I mean...who really cares? Let's just get everyone protected.... and use our resources to solve the bigger issues that face our country. Like... we are graduating ignorant kids not ready for school.... and have fallen into the mid 20"s globally in math and science.... and our debt ceiling is about to be raised.....and we are basically in another war without congressional approval. Mmmmm... now, those seem like things we should actually be discussing.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  15. ColinO

    Seems a little hypocritical, "I keep my religion and politics separate, I support gay rights, but I'm against gay marriage." Why is he against gay marriage? Because of his religion, so clearly, they're not separate.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  16. Free

    Gay Mormon marriage might not work, especially for those who still practice polygamy. Imagine the Sister Wives all bowing down to another woman like they do that guy they are married to!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Reality

      Interesting point!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Laurie

      Educate yourself.... People that practice polygamy are not associated with the Mormon church. Lets stick to the facts.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  17. Reality

    What Milt should have said but did not:

    o All "Abrahamics" believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    o The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    Of course, those gays who belong to Abrahamic religions abide by the rules of no adu-ltery or for-nication allowed.

    And because of basic biology differences and Abrahamic and other religious traditions said monogamous ventures should always be called same-se-x unions not same-se-x marriages.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  18. startover08@live.com

    Why do people are what other people do ? Like CW said, take it up with god. I am not god, it's not up to me. let people live how they want. if god does not approve, HE will deal with it, not us.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      CW are you saying god approves of harassment to point of suicide, allowing the religious to sanction a group dislike of a another group ? You tell us that "god" ( assuming it is your personal god) will look after it but you are unable to keep your eyes out of the bedrooms of others... so far god does not appear to care....about anything it appears.

      June 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  19. CW

    If he is any kind of christian he will say that he stands against it. No matter how anyone spins it or talks about it....this lifestyle and behavior is wrong....don't like it?...take it up with God.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Normon

      I haven't heard him say anything against Gays. What's the problem?

      June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Colin

      Ever noticed that god always seems to hate the same things the believer hates, to love the same thing the believer loves and to have exactly the same moral code the believer does?

      I wonder whom created whom?

      June 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Free

      You make God sound like a petty despot, and you know what happens to petty despots once the people have had enough of them, right?

      June 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Faux Paws

      Calm down.
      It's as natural as breathing.
      Every species on the planet exhibit same se-x behavior.
      Birds, mammals, fish, insects, apes, humans. It's always been here, and always will be. If it was so bad, it would have been selected out by evolution. It keeps re-appearing, over and over and over. It must provide some advantage. No really straight guy I know ever even thinks about it AT ALL. "Great, more women for me".

      June 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      There is an aspect of being allowed to believe in what you have faith in. However, in the case of Mitt...he is going for an office that represents all of the US citizens. Does he have to agree with everyone's lifestyles? No. But does he have to go out of his way to express his discontent over those lifestyles..no.

      June 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Free

      Come on now! The next thing you'll be saying is that the Groundhog doesn't make his prediction, but his handler does! 😉

      June 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Free

      Faux Paws
      The "more women for me" idea breaks down once guys realize that, contrary to what they've been led to believe by po.rn, real lesbians aren't interested in having th.reesomes with them.

      June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Steven

      They have taken up with God and have been shown they are born this way.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • tallulah13

      If he's any kind of American, he needs to take it up with the Const-itution. That trumps your church, here in America.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Free

      Yup! Don't like what the Const-itution says then move to another country, or set up your own Christian theocracy somewhere.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • CW

      @ Collin,

      you say:


      Ever noticed that god always seems to hate the same things the believer hates, to love the same thing the believer loves and to have exactly the same moral code the believer does?

      I wonder whom created whom?


      I say:

      Let me ask...have you every read the old testament? How bout the new testament? If you read it God made it clear as day or night that this behavior was wrong. See Romans chapter 1 or 1 Corithians 6:9 then tell me how this could be couldn't be any clearer.


      @ Evolved DNA

      you say:

      CW are you saying god approves of haras.sment to point of suicide, allowing the religious to sanction a group dislike of a another group ? You tell us that "god" ( as.suming it is your personal god) will look after it but you are unable to keep your eyes out of the bedrooms of others... so far god does not appear to care....about anything it appears.


      I say:

      I have never said I "approve" of h-ating anyone. This lifestyle is a sin...BUT we are all sinners. If though someone is doing acting on their lifestyle and living in this way we as believers ARE to try to work to help get this person to see the error of their ways repent...and turn to God.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  20. John Richardson

    Squirm, little worm, squirm ...

    June 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
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