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Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum tout opposition to gay marriage

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney skipped event

Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry touted their conservative credentials, including opposition to marriage equality and abortion rights, Saturday during a banquet for social conservatives in Iowa.

Herman Cain at Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition :: cspan.org
Herman Cain at Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 
credit :: cspan.org
An audience of nearly 1,000 Christian activists attended the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's eleventh annual Fall Banquet and Presidential Candidates Forum in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Republican presidential contenders took to the stage to proclaim their commitment to conservative social issues, with all candidates agreed on eliminating abortion rights. 

"No abortions, no exceptions," said Cain, who promised as president he would work to block abortion rights. 

Bachmann, who has dropped in GOP polls since winning the Iowa straw poll earlier this year, said she supported a constitutional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Both Bachman and Paul quoted from the Old Testament. 

Gingrich talked about getting rid of "activists judges," which drew applause from the crowd. 

Iowa's Christian conservatives are credited with ousting three Iowa Supreme court justices who helped legalize same-sex marriage in that state. 

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not take part in the event, which was televised nationally on C-SPAN. 
 
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Ron Paul opposes government involvement in marriage and should not issue marriage licenses to anybody.
Posted by Rod842 on Sun, 10/23/2011 2:10 PM
I'd have to stand up for Ron Paul (good god never thought I'd say that about a Republican being the horrible "liberal" as the family calls me)... but his official opinion is it's none of government's business about marriage for anyone.
Posted by Elijah459 on Sun, 10/23/2011 8:59 PM
I must defend Ron Paul on this as well. The difference between Ron Paul and other candidates is that Ron Paul has issues with government involvement. While I do believe that his stance on gay marriage is slightly flawed (since the Federal government has chosen to issue marriage licenses then I believe that they have entered the business of marriage and therefore should start to honor states' decisions of Gay Marriage). However, even on the pro-choice issue Ron Paul sides with state's rights and is not "against abortion." The main difference is that Ron Paul doesn't allow his personal or religious views guide him in his decision process like most politicians and unfortunately, most voters. Instead, he allows the constitution to guide him. While he is not my first choice for president, I must say I HIGHLY respect him.
Posted by PaulBlackburn on Mon, 10/24/2011 10:48 PM
Gary Johnson is pro-gay marriage. Too bad the media never talks about him.
Posted by Nick on Tue, 10/25/2011 12:02 AM
Yeah Ron Paul doesn't want the federal government involved. There is no reason marriage can't just be the contract between two individuals that it is.
Posted by Sqwidman on Tue, 10/25/2011 2:10 AM
I respect Paul's state-rights position on both abortion and gay marriage more than any candidate that wants to make the decision for everyone.
Posted by Jaye on Tue, 10/25/2011 9:26 PM
You are what is wrong with journalism today! RON PAUL VOTED to end DON'T ASK DON'T TELL he supported freedom for gay people in the armed forces. He has stated gay people should be treated equally as the Constitution is ours as well. He also said that marriage predates Government in the churches and the Government has no constitutional authority to Marry heterosexuals or homosexuals and should get out of marriage all together.if you are going to report things be honest and fair that is your job!
Posted by Phil on Tue, 10/25/2011 11:00 PM
Ron Paul doesn't oppose gay marriage at all. His stance on gay marriage and marriage in general is that the federal government shouldn't be involved, because they don't have the Constitutional authority to be involved in marriage.
Posted by Mike on Sun, 10/30/2011 6:12 PM
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