US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has spoken out against gay marriage.
Addressing a graduation ceremony at a university in Virginia, Romney, who is a Mormon, made his stance clear, as he tries to gain support from evangelical Christians, particularly in the southern states.
“Culture – what you believe, what you value, how you live – matters. As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate, from time-to-time. So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” Romney said, receiving a round of applause.
Romney has said he is in favour of same-sex couples having some rights – including adoption.
He has had to face this issue head on following President Barack Obama’s announcement about supporting gay marriage earlier this week.
“We’re not turning back the clock. We’re not returning to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are and who you love. We’re moving this country forward,” Obama told people at a fundraiser in Seattle.
Whilst Obama is in favour of gay marriage, he says it is up to individual states to decide on legislation and there is no federal law governing it.
Same-sex marriages or civil unions are currently legal in six US states.