Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting
July 26th, 2012
08:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting

(CNN) – They may both be members of their country’s conservative parties, but a look at the schedule of 10 Downing Street gives at least one indication that British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. GOP candidate Mitt Romney aren’t aligned on every issue.

On Wednesday the prime minister hosted a reception for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at 10 Downing in which he renewed his commitment to legal same sex civil marriage.

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“I think marriage is a great institution – I think it helps people to commit, it helps people to say that they’re going to care and love for another person,” Cameron said, according to text of his remarks on his official website. “It helps people to put aside their selfish interests and think of the union that they’re forming. It’s something I feel passionately about and I think if it’s good enough for straight people like me, it’s good enough for everybody and that’s why we should have gay marriage and we will legislate for it.”

Romney has consistently said he opposes same-sex marriage, and reiterated his view in interviews following President Barack Obama’s announcement in May that he supported marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

"My position is the same on gay marriage as it's been well, from the beginning, and that is that marriage is a relation between a man and a woman,” Romney told KCNC in May. “That's the posture that I had as governor and I have that today."

British law currently does not allow members of the same sex to marry, though civil partnerships are permitted nationwide.

Romney and Cameron met Thursday morning, one of a series of meetings Romney held with British political leaders on the first day of his three-country foreign swing.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Our conservatives rating lower than Afghan conservatives

    July 26, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Cameron setting up this reception to coincide with the arrival of alexythimic Romney to the U.K. is no coincidence.
    Obviously Cameron is NOT caught up in the whole ridiculously medieval Anglo-Saxon commonality relationship bonding crap between our two nations. He's just on the side of right, and Romney doesn't live there.

    July 26, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If you are a member of my church, then it might be business. If you are not a member of my church, then it is none of my business that your church allows you to have a same-sex marriage. I do not feel that I am obligated to launch a crusade personally directed at you or your beliefs. That is what the US Constitution says, not my church.

    July 26, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. J

    From Romney misinterpreting Australia's Foreign Minister's statements saying "America is in decline", to his campaign blowing dog whistles across the pond with the "Anglo-Saxon" comment, and his opposing views about same-sex marriages with other world leaders, Romney is really making friends around the world.

    July 26, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. patNY

    Wow! Just one more reason why the UK is far superior to the US.

    July 26, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. mgc

    Doesn't matter, Romney will make up some lie to share with all of us anyway like his current ads.

    July 26, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Darryl

    Romney probally doesn't know what to think now that David Cameron supports Gay Marrage.The Republican Party T-Party here in the U.S better get use to the fact that Gay Marrage is going to be Law of the land after the re-election of Pres.Obama. Romney should just pack it up and go back to Wallstreet and do what he does best, Cheating the Goverment and feeding his Greedy bank accounts overseas.President Obama is respected and admired for his Leadership all over the world and that will not be dismissed by Mr. Romney or his backers no matter how much money they pour into the election process of the U.S. This is NOT the 1950s and we will not go back in time and supress any part of society any longer.President Obama is the Leader of the New World Order and is the Best President we have ever had in U.S. History.

    July 26, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    I bet you in private he would say he is FOR gay marriage because Romney agrees with the crowd where he stands and each day, that crowd is "different."

    I don't know – some may think I am running this in the ground but then in the end, Romney will say "I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said but I stand by what I said whatever it was” – That's Romney in FULL GEAR!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 26, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Cameron should have brought in some gay couples when they met today. Watch Flip squirm

    July 26, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |