A Republican presidential candidate said Monday that he does not think it’s right to have gay couples married because they are “unnatural.”
Romney, who said in a speech in Florida Monday that “marriage equality is a matter, of conscience, of freedom,” made the comments during a discussion of the civil rights movement and the civil unions that were passed after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
“I believe the freedom to marry is a liberty, it’s a fundamental right, it should be protected,” Romney said.
“It’s not something that’s right or wrong.”
Romney made the remarks during a speech at a local university that was moderated by local news station WPLG.
The presidential candidate, who has struggled to gain traction in his bid to defeat President Barack Obama in November, has come under fire for his comments.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, Romney said he believes gay couples are “natural.”
“I do not think that marriage is something that is natural for any human being,” Romney told the paper.
“There are people who believe that it is.
There are people, in my view, who believe marriage is a marriage.
And I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
Romney has also previously suggested that some gays who have had children out of wedlock should be punished.