Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reiterated in an interview Thursday that while he disagrees with Obama regarding the issue of homosexual “marriage,” he is in favor of allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
Romney explained to Neil Cavuto of Fox News, “[I]f two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child, in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something that people have a right to do. But, to call that ‘marriage’ is something that in my view is a departure from the real meaning of that word.”
Although it is a topic that is not often discussed by Romney, he has expressed his approval of homosexual adoption for a number of years. In 2006, as governor of Massachusetts, when questioned by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as to whether same-sex couples should be permitted to adopt children, he stated, “Well, they are able to adopt children. … I’m not going to change that. ” He also told the Boston Globe that same year that homosexuals have “a legitimate interest in being able to receive adoptive services.” Additionally, Romney’s campaign has been hinting over the past several months that the presidential nominee believes that homosexual adoption should be a state issue.
Romney is campaigning in North Carolina today, the same state that just this Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to ban homosexual “marriage.” He is also scheduled to deliver the commencement speech tomorrow at Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, which is the largest private Christian college in the nation.