August 30th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
16 years ago

Romney: Iowa ruling 'against the will of the people'

Mitt Romney in 2004 at a press conference regarding same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who faced the issue as governor of Massachusetts, criticized an Iowa district court ruling Thursday that said same-sex couples have the right to marry.

A judge in Polk County, Iowa, said gay couples must be allowed to get married because of the state constitution's guarantee of equal treatment.  The judge also struck a state law that banned same-sex marriages and said valid marriage is only between a male and a female.  The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by six gay couples seeking permission to marry, and will now go to the Iowa Supreme Court.

Romney, leading in the Iowa polls after courting conservative support, was the first candidate to react to the decision.  In a statement, he said, "The ruling is Iowa today is another example of an activist court and unelected judges trying to define marriage and disregard the will of the people as expressed through Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act.  This once again highlights the need for a Federal Marriage Amendment to protect the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman."

Romney, who was governor when the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages in 2004, did approve certificates allowing gay couples to marry.  But he worked with other opponents in an effort to overturn the state law, and has pushed for a national ban.

–CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    David ~ Salinas,

    Actually – if you really want to know what Jesus had to say about homosexuality you would have to understand WHO Jesus was (from the Christian point of view):

    Jesus = God incarnate (God in flesh form)
    Jesus = God
    Jesus = God of the Old Testament
    God of the Old Testament = homosexuality is bad

    Some will then say Jesus came for many reasons – one of those reasons was to deliver the "higher law" (sermon on the mount). However, Jesus NEVER took a sin and backtracked saying it was ok. If anything he made the laws somewhat harder because it became a matter of the heart (adultery could know be as simple as lusting after a neighbor's wife).

    I seriously doubt you will find any traditional Christians that support the notion Jesus approved of homosexual behavior.

    MY HUMBLE OPINION: God (Church) linked sex and marriage to be apart of each other. Certainly this would cause procreation, in-tact families, reduce single unwed mothers, etc. Polygamy was permitted so young widowed mothers could have home and safety. SINCE same-sex unions would never produce offspring and not qualify for "marriage", God said the act was wrong. LOVING another person is not wrong. SEX outside marriage was wrong (whether hetero or homo).

    End of story.

    September 4, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Guess what Jon from Sacramento, I don't believe in god and we have no national religion. So there is your end of story.

    September 5, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Pat

    It's a lonely road when you stand up for what is right. I want to add my support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman. God bless you, Mitt.

    September 6, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Anonymous

    To David of Salinas, CA

    I'm sorry, it's the Declaration of Independence that makes reference to God. Why should Government care what God wants? Because without God you and I wouldn't be here. Everything that we have is because of his doing. We exist because of him. It is impossible to take God out of Government, HE is the Government, and he said that homosexuality is an abbomination in his sight. Think about how our bodies are made. Can two men or two women procreate? No, it is unnatural. We all come into this world with weaknesess, tests, but we are expected to overcome them. But don't take my word for it, pray about it, ask God yourself if this is true. If you don't want to do that, you can ask him when you meet him again.

    September 6, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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