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Obama and Romney divided over marriage equality for gay couples, abortion, contraception

From a McClatchy News story by Anita Kumar comparing political positions of President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney:

Here’s where the two major party candidates stand on these major issues:

GAY MARRIAGE

Obama this year became the first sitting U.S. president to endorse same-sex marriage, though he said the matter should be left to the states. The change came in May amid pressure from gay rights activists and some members of his own party, including Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama has supported other gay causes – including repealing the military’s requirement that gay service members keep their sexual preferences secret and offering LGBT workers – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – family leave, but he had long insisted his views on gay marriage were “evolving.” He said he reached his decision after speaking with his wife, Michelle, and contemplating his religious beliefs.

“When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” he told ABC News.

Obama opposes the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage even for couples married under state law. He says the 1996 law that defines marriage as between only one man and one woman is unconstitutional and directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court.

Romney opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions but does not object to benefits for homosexual couples.

Romney would preserve the Defense of Marriage Act and fight for a similar federal constitutional amendment, which could not be altered by individual states.

Nearly two decades ago, Romney vowed to be a better advocate for LGBT equality than his opponent at the time for the Massachusetts Senate seat, Democrat Ted Kennedy, though as governor he backed a failed attempt to amend the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Marriage is a status. It’s not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state,” he said at a debate last year. “And a result our marriage status relationship should be constant across the country.”

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I agree with the U.S. President Obama about his statement/stand about same sex marriage. As long as the two of you makes each of you happy, then go for it. As long as there's no people hurt, then fight for what you feel.

Thumbs up for President Obama's support on same sex marriage!

Two influential people of the most powerful country in the state. They should know, however, that whatever they say would greatly affect the opinion and view of other people. I would like to commend Obama's firmness over the matter.

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