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BLITZER'S BLOG: Where Romney, Obama agree on gay rights
May 10th, 2012
03:21 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Where Romney, Obama agree on gay rights

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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  1. threetowersresidential

    once a priest, always a priest. or a bishop. is this a good or legal situation? can a bishop run for president? (separation of church and state)?

    May 17, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  2. phillossifer

    won't put no food on a pore man's table,

    May 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  3. gg

    hope the church don,t take over the whole country. the constituion would be toilet paper. iam christian ,when preachers started preaching politics i left.i do my own praying and give my donations to charity in the community.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  4. TechGeekJim

    I am disgusted once again in Obama and thyose who support him. What self-respecting adult would still have an "evolving" opinion on homosexuality? Yet his self-professed "lovers" skim over this sad statement of truth. Secondly, are we now to pleasantly digest the face that the leader of the United States is taking policy cues from his children?

    May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  5. Real American

    Republicans and Tea Party people understand this and Abortion are the two most important issues we face as a Society whether we let WOMEN MURDER unborn Children or allow Gay Sinners to take over our society and corrupt our Children ROMNEY 2012

    May 11, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Wes Stivers

      As the bible sayeth!,.....Get thee behind me Satan! You so-called "Christians" wouldn't even be in the same category of "Christianity" I was raised in! You are just a bunch of HATERS, not at all like the son of god, Jesus that I pray to. Yes, although I am gay, I pray to Jesus Christ just like you! I pray for those who are bitter and damaged by their thoughts of hatred toward their fellow men and women. God treasures all of us, and the sinners are the one's who try to pre-judge all of God's creations themselves! You are as sad and unrepentant as Jimmy Swaggart, or Jim Bakker, or Jerry Falwell and Aniita Bryant all CHOSE to be,....hate mongers and defilers of the words of "The Good Book"! I will pray for you, and hope that you learn the lessons that Jesus died on the Cross for ALL our sins" May God Forgive you also!
      Wes Stivers

      May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  6. Real American

    Romney has always been pro-America anti gay he even was unafraid to harrass and tease gay people in High School as a good christian for disobeying the word of Jesus which I think was nice considering what God did to them ever heard of Sodom and Gemhora ROMNEY 2012

    May 11, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  7. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You cannot disobey God's orders Genesis 2: 24 with death sentence Leviticus 20: 13 and be right.
    You must let them work (Genesis 3: 19) and let them know their end is in Jude verse 7. GOD WILL NOT MARRY THEM
    unless they REPENT (Romans 3: 23)

    May 11, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  8. Jen

    Have they thought through the logistics of repealing DADT? Do all those servicemen who came out of the closet suddenly go back in? Does everyone they work with just pretend they don't know?

    I'm not sure some people understand the concept of coming out of the closet – once it's done, it's very hard to undo.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Manning El Paso, TX

    Same sex marriage make no sense to me except politico posturing, I over it and vote Obama anyway. I hope the Catholic Archbishop of US keep out of it, I think Joe Biden wont be going to confession any time soon.

    May 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  10. Shammah

    The Repubs often complain about too much government. They don't want the government to tell them what to do.OK. Can the gays be left alone? As Obama stated, let it be a state decision. I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. But, I don't care if others see it differently. They can do what they like. This is a free country. Isn't it? Only free to have guns?
    By the way it was cool to see Bristol Palin giving Obama a lesson on MORAL VALUES. Man!!!!! Sarah could not even raise her right. Now she is an expert in moral values. I love these guys.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  11. Russ

    Romney needs to do the right thing. Support gay marriage. Will he do that? Of course not! The man is a second-rate bully in every sense.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  12. Concerned4Fla

    So it's ok for gay folks to pay taxes, and to fight and shed blood for the country, they just can't access the same rights when they come home? THAT is Romney's position? This from a guy who never served in the military and bullied the gay kid in high school, going so far as to pin the kid down with his pals and the victim's hair. Sorry pal, the government exists to protect the rights of ALL citizens.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Susan

    Romney just stated Wednesday that he believed that homosexuals should have the same rights and benefits, just not marriage since it is a religious rite. He doesn't oppose civil unions.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • karen in texas

      As far as I know, a marriage can be performed by a justice of the peace and the government has to issue a marriage license. I didn't realize that JP's were ordained or that the church ran the marriage licensing office. If marriage is only a religious rite, fine. Let the church decide. If it is a government recognized union with legal rights and privileges, then those rights and privileges should apply to ALL US citizens. It's really not that difficult of a question.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Michael

      Actually, he said he opposes civil unions. Read the news.

      May 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • rebecca

      Marriage is not a religious rite! The rights given to a couple through marriage has zero to do with religion!

      May 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  14. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Romney wouldn't even defend or stand up for a staff member who was forced out of his job by the extreme religious right because he was openly gay. I mean this man has no backbone at all. Romney goes in the direction whichever way the wind is blowing.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  15. Pat

    Why does every one think Obama will lose black voters just because he is for gay marriages. This is making everyone think that blacks are against gay marriages. Blacks are the last to pass judgement against gay people because we know how it feels. Everyone does thes polls and I can guarantee you blacks are not taking these polls and everyone will see how blacks feel on voting day.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • bsheresq

      While I agree with you that I don't think that Obama's endorsement of gay marriage will cause blacks to vote against him (for Romney – no way!) or even to dampen their enthusiasm so that they will not turn up to vote, numerous polls show that blacks as a voting block tend to oppose gay marriage. Indeed, polls show that the lopsided nature of the vote in NC this week against gay marriage was due to strong black support of the ban. Polls also showed the same thing in California regarding prop 8, and the irony was that the increased turnout in voting in the black community to support Obama led to the defeat of prop 8, because large numbers of those blacks voting for prop 8 banning gay marriage while voting for him. Anecdotally, I've also found this to be the case with my black friends, esp. male blacks.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Ty

      Umm.... why is everyone saying that? BECAUSE IT'S TRUE. Believe me. I happen to be black and more importantly a gay male. I grew up around black people and in the black church to know EXACTLY how the black community feels towards gay marriage. Being gay is literally the WORST thing you could possible be in the black community. Anything short of pure masculinity is an abomination to them. It's sad but true. Consider an oppressed people enjoying being able to oppress someone else for a change.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  16. tibs

    Obama should say that this is a free society. That we are liviing in a free society and government has absolutley no authority to dictate who can get married. The fact that people care so much about what other people do is disgraceful. This is America, what dont these people get? Live your life and let others live theirs.

    Obama needs to man up and actually remind people that their perspectives are their own and forcing them on to others is something that this country should have no tolerance for.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  17. Mauri

    In the 2004 presidential campaign, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington D.C. barred John Kerry from receiving Holy Communion because of his stand on abortion. Joe Biden has announced publicly that he endorses Gay marriage. Since the Catholic Church adamantly opposes same sex marriage, should Biden be excommunicated from receiving Holy Communion? This is an egregious break with Biden's church, and I'm sure others are wondering about this. Thanks, Wolf.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  18. joe

    Romney will campaign against gay rights in the red states and in favor of gay rights in the blue states.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  19. C Oliver

    I give up, now same sex marriage will become the main issue what about the other issue?

    May 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

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