Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – A Green Bay voter confronted Mitt Romney over his religion at a town hall Monday, the day before Wisconsin's primary. Romney is a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are commonly called Mormons.
"I guess my question is, do you believe it's a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?" asked Bret Hatch, a 28-year old Ron Paul supporter from Green Bay.
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Romney answered with a tersely emphatic: "No. Next question."
Hatch, who brought a camera with him to the event, had begun his query by attempting to read a passage that disparages dark-skinned people from Moses 7:8.
Romney cut him off.
"Why don't you give me a question," Romney said, then continued: "We're just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but if you have a question, I'll be happy to answer your question."
Later in his town hall forum, Romney circled back to the incident.
"This gentleman wanted to talk about the doctrines of my religion. I'll talk about the practices of my faith," he said. "I had the occasion in my church to be asked to be the pastor, if you will, of a congregation."
Romney described his work as a bishop in his suburban Boston ward, or church. Mormon clergy, called bishops, are unpaid leadership positions and perform similar duties as pastors do in other churches.
Romney described counseling church members dealing "with unemployment, with marital difficulties, with health difficulties of their own and with their kids."
After addressing his religion in a speech during the 2008 Republican primary campaign, this campaign cycle Romney has attempted to keep his focus on the economy. The occasional references he makes to his church often deal with his time spent working with struggling parishioners.
"When you get a chance to know people on a very personal basis, whether you're serving as a pastor or as a counselor or in other kinds of roles, you understand that every kind of person you see is facing some challenges," Romney said Monday. "And one of the reasons I'm running for president of the United States is I want to help people, I want to lighten those burdens."
Speaking with reporters after the event, Hatch, the questioner, said he believed his question was relevant considering the general election race against President Barack Obama.
"Either he believes the Book of Mormon or he doesn't," Hatch said. "I think that's an important issue. He's going up against a black guy! He's going against Obama. This is a racial issue."
The LDS Church has a troubled history on racial issues, and in 1978 lifted a ban on blacks serving in the priesthood.
Romney's father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, publicly disagreed with his church over its record on civil rights.