Romney: Gay Couples Should Be Able To Adopt, But Not Marry

On Fox News Thursday, Mitt Romney restated his view that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry, but should be allowed to raise children together.

“I happen to believe that the best setting for raising a child is where this is the opportunity to a mom and a dad to be in the home. There are many circumstances where that is not possible. Through death. Divorce,” he said. “I know many gay couples are able to adopt children. That is fine. But my preference is we encourage the marriage of a man and a woman and we continue to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.”

Romney has said before that same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt, putting him at odds with some evangelicals. Republican legislatures like the one in Virginia have recently passed laws allowing adoption agencies to refuse placing children in same-sex households. A March 11 survey found majorities disagreed with such laws.