U.S. President Barack Obama now believes same-sex couples should be allowed to have marriage, and while many people have applauded him for the move, the reaction from most believe the upcoming election has everything to do with it.
Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage on Wednesday but declined to condemn President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, noting the sensitivity of the issue.
“I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor and that I have expressed many times. I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney stated.
“States are able to make decisions with regards to domestic partnership benefits, such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth of various kinds could be determined state by state, but my view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman and that’s my own preference,” said Romney.
Former Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighed in by stating, “The charade is now over, no doubt an attempt to galvanize his core hard left supporters in advance of the November election.”
New York City Mayor MIchael Bloomberg said, “This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people – and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion.”