Republican presidential candidate Mitt "Multiple Choice" Romney was questioned about his opposition to marriage equality "so many times" at a New Hampshire town hall meeting that "he stopped responding to the questions altogether.," reports ABC News.
The first question came from a young woman in the audience who asked, "Why is it that you feel that marriage between a man and a man or a woman and a woman is lesser than a marriage between a man and a woman?"
"I think the ideal setting to raise a child for a society like ours is where there is a man and a woman in the marriage,” Romney responded. "So I think as a society we are wise to encourage marriage between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising our kids."
A few questions later another young woman followed up on his answer and asked why being raised by two women like she was — her grandmother and her mother raised her — was any different from being raised by a man and a woman. [...]
"In my view a society recognizes that the ideal setting for raising a child is when you have the benefit of two people working together and when one is male and one is female," Romney said. "That’s why as a society we say we’re going to call marriage what it has been called for 6,000 years or longer — a relationship between one man and one woman."
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Why not support civil unions? "What I would support is letting people who are of the same gender form, if you will, partnership agreements," he replied. "If they want to have a partnership with someone else and have, as a result of that, such things as hospital visitation rights and similar benefits of that nature."
The former Massachusetts governor's answer is not much of an improvement over his now-infamous 2007 campaign speech when he said that even a dead parent was better than a gay one. Oh and a memo to the Romney campaign: Same-sex partner hospital visitation rights are now mandated by federal law.