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    Romney Hailed for Backing Traditional Marriage

    Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's likely challenger in the November election, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg in the US state of Virginia May 12, 2012.Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's likely challenger in the November election, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg in the US state of Virginia May 12, 2012.
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    Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's likely challenger in the November election, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg in the US state of Virginia May 12, 2012.
    Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's likely challenger in the November election, speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg in the US state of Virginia May 12, 2012.
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    Mitt Romney, the presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee, drew rousing support Saturday at a conservative Christian university as he defended traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

    Romney, often viewed with skepticism by the most conservative ranks of the Republican party, stressed the importance of personal faith and commitment to families in a speech to the graduating class at Liberty University in the eastern U.S. state of Virginia.
    "Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman."

    But days after U.S. President Barack Obama declared his support for legalizing same-sex marriages, Romney won his biggest cheers from the crowd of more than 30,000 with brief comments supporting heterosexual marriage.

    "Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman."

    Obama's new support for same-gender marriage is controversial in the U.S., where six states and the District of Columbia have laws permitting men to marry each other and women to wed other women. But 31 states have banned it, including North Carolina in a referendum earlier this month. Nonetheless, surveys show that nationwide the acceptance of gay marriages is growing and that a slight majority favors it.

    But the surveys also show there is a split politically, with Democrats, like Obama, lending widespread support for same-sex marriages, and Republicans mostly opposed. Younger voters also are more accepting, with older voters less so.

    Obama, who is likely to face Romney in the November election, sought this week to use his new stance on the issue to rally supporters and raise campaign funds. But he did not discuss the issue in his weekly radio address Saturday.

    Instead, the president again urged Congress to follow a "To-Do" list he says will boost job creation and the country's sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 and 2009 recession. Later, at a White House ceremony, he honored a group of police officers as the nation's "top cops" for their heroism in the line of duty.

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    by: Anonymous
    May 15, 2012 12:02 PM
    What a heartache to see where the nation that our grandfather's gave their lives for so that we wouldn't have to speak German or Japanese or starve to death working in our enemies war factories has gone.
    History will remember Obama for giving our stealth technology to the Iranians, shaming the US Military, and as of lately for caving in to a social disease that violates the basic tenets of science which tell us that opposites attract and likes repel.

    by: yangyjxs
    May 15, 2012 5:09 AM
    actually i'm not against gay. but i really appreciate Romney maintaining his consistent stance

    by: Robert George from: Dubai
    May 15, 2012 12:47 AM
    The moral decadence of the US is appalling. The very institution of marriage, which is the matrix of human civilization and society, is under attack. Political and religious leaders seem to be helpless or have lost the will to fight the growing social malady. Science is increasingly being regarded as the modern messiah. Scientists once claimed and continue to claim that given sufficient knowledge they would be able to solve all problems facing humanity. But, despite exponential growth of scientific knowledge over the years, human problems continue unabated and apparently they are on the rise. What a paradox! America, the role model of developing countries, is surely on the decline, and its fall is more imminent than most want to believe.


    by: nelson from: indonesian
    May 14, 2012 8:42 PM
    we must knoe God created man and woman to helper each other and merried is a best way for them. like sodom and gomorah God was angry and given a earthquake and to destroy them....

    by: almoros from: cameroon
    May 14, 2012 1:37 PM
    Thank you so much, Romney! You have been utterly right! Yes, marriage is only between a man and a woman!

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