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Republican Candidates Differ On Gay Marriage

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There were only two issues that all of the Republican presidential candidates in Monday night's debate were pressed on to answer questions about: gay marriage and gays in the military.

The candidates gave a range of answers, with Atlanta talk show host Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul being the most libertarian, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and the former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, of Georgia, holding the most conservative positions.

Both Cain and Paul said they would oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The other five candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Santorum, Gingrich and Bachmann all said they would support such a constitutional amendment.

The candidates differed, too, on whether they would roll back the recent decision by Congress to eliminate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the law that tolerates gays in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation secret.

Gingrich, Bachmann and Santorum said they would restore "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" if military leaders advised them to. The other candidates would let the current situation stand.

This program aired on June 14, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Reporter
Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.



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