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By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney now completely disagree on the sensitive issue of same-sex marriage.
But they apparently do agree that the elimination of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military is fine.
The president, as you know by now, supports gay marriage. But he says this should remain an issue for the states – not the federal government. He has no intention of pushing for federal legislation that would authorize same-sex marriage across the country.
Romney disagrees. He says this is an issue for the federal government. He supports a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in every state.
Right now, some 30 states already ban same-sex marriage. Six states plus the District of Columbia allow it.
Romney also opposes civil unions that would give homosexuals the same right as married couples.
But when it comes to the U.S. military, the Republican candidate says he has no intention of seeking to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy – at least for now. President Obama moved to kill that policy last year.
Last November, during a meeting with the Des Moines Register, Romney was asked: “How do you feel about gays serving openly in the military?”
He replied: “That’s already occurred. I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage.”
The economy, of course, remains issue No. 1 going forward. But I suspect that gay marriage – given the very different positions now taken by President Obama and Romney - will also be on the agenda over the next six months.
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