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. Philojazz

    As far as Mr Romney's promise to keep his religious beliefs out of the campaign and out of his political views, keep your ears open for his next proclamation about atheists and agnostics and their place in our country's future. Fear not, Mr Romney's true colors, and irrational religioun-based politics, will eventually come through, and show him for the hypocrite he is.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  2. ummyeah

    so he doesnt apply his religion to politics but is against people getting a licence from a state separated from the church??? why oppose the marriage then. It should be no big deal. Who cares about all this. Its all politics. Morals are no where in this debate with these people. They have to keep this stance to get votes from the side they are running on. And thats how it is. He could hold the key to solving world peace, debt and a cure for all the diseases in the world, and if he is ok with gay marriage, people will not vote for that person. They wont even listen to anything else that person would have to say. Most people are stubborn, ignorant when it comes to social issues, and it trumps everything else. Left and right.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Gays are not born gay. It's a behavior choice that is modified by others' of the same appeal. Like any other sin, this sin is no more special than one who has pride, enmity, etc. The KEY is repentance. FORSAKE the behavior and come unto Christ to be healed. It is the only way. Our gender was determined before we came to this earth, and that was either a male or a female.

    June 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • ummyeah

      Moronic fools have their rights too. I would never try to take that from you Thomas, no matter how much I disagree. And regardless of choice or not, is irrelevant to liberty. And by the way, it a choice for you to believe in the religion you do, and choice to interpret it the way you do. Tolerance and hate are choices. You act as though your the default and gays must prove something to you.

      June 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Ron Hardyman

      Only people who aren't gay possess the judgmental arrogance to claim it's a choice.

      And not everyone follows the same mythology, so put the book down. The same book you clearly don't understand.

      June 19, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Jacob Cayo


      June 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Feo

      Thomas let's start with your Bible, you know that book which was written with mind control and propaganda as it's true purpose. And religion? Well it's obviously it's the opiate of the masses since you've clearly been addle pated by overindulgence you half wit.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Wayne

      Anyone who still uses the "unto", as in Elizabethan English already shows that they're not in touch with the real world.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Chip

      Thomas, you are an idiot, but you werent born one like I was born gay. You choose to follow rhetoric that you cant even explain the origins of. Rather than think for yourself you let someone else do the thinking for you, which means your not only an idiot but mentally lazy.

      June 24, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • SpellBee

      well said Chip

      June 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • kk

      Well said Thomas! I'm right there with ya!!!!

      June 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Wes

      you, thomas, are an idiot my friend. may god have mercy on your narrow, ignorant soul

      June 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Brad

      I second that.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  4. Amy


    So will this proud gay, rightist, Republican. There are more of us than yall think.

    I sure would love some gay Republican to explan this to me. How can you support a party that vilifies you and is against basic civil rights for you? If you don't want to vote Dem, isn't there a more palatable 3rd party candidate out there? To me, gay GOPers defy logic – like an oxymoron.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  5. Reason

    Jon Quest, first of all nobody, not Christians, Jews, Mormons or Muslims, claims that God created himself. Therefore, no contradiction. Second of all, your view about killing vs. executing is something that nobody accepts. For instance, weren't you glad that Osama bin Laden was killed for killing others, and don't you think that if Casey Anthony killed Caylee, then Casey should be executed?

    And by the way, yes, most religious people do believe that people are born gay.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • manny

      God can not creat gay people, that would make Him imperfect and would not be God.

      June 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  6. Barneyjake

    Here we go again, tying religion to a politician and thinking it means something. All it means is that for a brief moment they got us to believe they are practicing what they preach so we'll vote for them. History repeating, and repeating and repeating...

    June 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  7. LBCSongbird

    If you claim to be a true follower of any religion, that is part of who you are. You can't separate that when governing. Also, to say he's not a spokesman for his church is wrong as well. The Mormon church, as in many religions, calls its members to be examples and follow the laws not just when it's convenient, but all the time. Mitt Romney just lost all points of respect with me.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  8. Beefburger

    Ho-mo-se-xuals exist as an expression of flawed DNA removing itself from the gene pool. They are right that they are "born this way". However, marriage is a matter of paternal responsibility for children, they cannot breed, ergo deserve no benefits.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • Paul

      Your thinking and reasoning are flawed because you fail to account for all of the people who get married and yet can't have children nor want children and are protected under law. Sorry but childless couples, gay or straight, deserve the same protection and rights as any one else.

      You also fail to take into account families with only one parent who are protected and allowed rights.

      Also you have no idea if the DNA of gay people are truly flawed, somehow I don't think you're a DNA expert. Again your argument fails.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Barneyjake

      To Beefburger; Huh? All straight people in your world have kids, raise them, stay married and keep the "family whole"? What planet do you live on 'cause here on Earth plenty of gay couples raise kids the "straights" throw away. Fact.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  9. SMS in Texas

    Romney is probably closeted gay like most conservative politicians.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • 1ofTheFallen

      Yes I noticed the San Franciso is a very conservative city and that very few of the politicians are Republicans. If you think being gay is a minority then try being gay and conservative. As rare as a snowflake in a Texas summer.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Friend

      Regardless of number of perverts in America, wrong is wrong – wrong forever.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Thinker

      You chose to be a bigot. That is what is wrong with you.

      June 17, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  10. Slash

    Since there is no non-religious argument against gay marriage, if he's against gay marriage, then he is letting his religious beliefs influence his behavior.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Rob near DC

    it's appalling that the best the GOP seems able to do so far is Mitt, but if my choice is between Mitt and Barack, I'm voting for Mitt.

    What I'd really like to see is a viable candidate who's socially liberal and fiscally conservative, a candidate who will stay out of my bedroom AND my gun safe AND my wallet; that seems to be asking for too much these days, I'm sorry to say.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Lexi

      I totally agree.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Jack Vermicelli

      What, is Ron Paul invisible to you?

      June 10, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  12. YANKO


    June 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  13. JohnQuest

    "killing another person is immoral – executing another person are not immoral,"

    If you think that killing someone is immoral, then thinking that executing another person is not immoral is hypocritical.

    "or nothing can create it self (think the Universe) – God created itself. "

    That's a loop hole that Creationists ignore.

    So my original point still stands: his stance on gay marriage is conflicting. tallulah13 said it best.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  14. T-Party

    It is obvious to any thinking person that folks are either born straight or g-ay. despite Mitt being religious I perfer his politics over any liberal

    June 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  15. T-Party

    I am agnostic I will vote for Mitt over Obama any day.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Carlos

      So will this proud gay, rightist, Republican. There are more of us than yall think.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  16. EvolvedDNA

    CW god had nothing to say about it...it was Paul and he would have got that second hand or made it up... as is most of the bible. You are still condemning people for a myth....and those actions cause harm.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  17. Marie Kidman


    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  18. 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 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  19. Barter_Town

    Religion makes you stupid, folks.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Carlos

      No, more like your own anti-religion bigotry makes you stupid.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Brian

      No, actually, he has it right. Religion makes you stupid.

      June 14, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Bobby

      My brother is a born again christian and is also a freaking moron. I don't know if religion "makes" you stupid, but I would definitely say stupid people are the ones that buy into it.

      June 14, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  20. Joe

    His stance seems a little odd. He's against gay marriage and also against gays getting discriminated against. Aren't those conflicting stances?

    June 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Joe, he is a believer he can hold and believe in two opposing views at the same time consider the following: killing another person is immoral – executing another person are not immoral, or nothing can create it self (think the Universe) – God created itself.

      I am certain you can think of plenty of other examples.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Some of us look at his answers and realize he's simply playing politics. He doesn't give a rats azz about gay rights. He simply wants votes. He doesn't get mine.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Tyler

      Christian, and most other religions, are very similar to George Orwell's 1984. They must embrace the concept of doublethink.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
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