Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney now defends his opposition to gay rights and same-sex marriage by citing Scriptures.
The interview will air Sunday on CBS News' 60 Minutes. According to excerpts released today, the former Massachusetts governor who once campaigned as a more gay-friendly alternative than Democrats now says he is opposed to gay relationships because they are not condoned by the Bible. The candidate tells Mike Wallace:
"This isn't just some temporary convenience here on Earth, but we're people that are designed to live together as male and female and we're gonna have families. And that, there's a great line in the Bible that children are an inheritance of the Lord and happy is he who has or hath his quiver full of them."
Romney is seeking to become the first Mormon president and is trying to allay concerns about his religion. However, it's interesting that the candidate avoids any discussion of the racist history of his church and neglects to mention, oh, what Scriptures were used to ban blacks from the priesthood until 1978. Or, which Scriptures were used by founders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to justify slavery and the separation of the races.
These are important questions. Romney's faith and values are an integral component of his campaign and his outreach to evangelicals. It's even more important because Mitt Romney was 31 years old in 1978, so, for the first 31 years of his life, he was actively involved in and became an elder of a church that believed in separating the races. Does he still believe this? Were his children taught this? Or, were these beliefs casually tossed aside like his commitment to gay rights and choice?
Haven't heard Romney explain this yet—but we'll keep asking.
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