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Romney: ‘Going to Take a Long, Long Time’ to See if Gay Marriage Negatively Impacts Kids

On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press host David Gregory asked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about his opposition to same-sex marriage and whether he had changed his mind on that issue like so many average Americans have. Romney said that he has not and, while he supports the right of gay Americans to live together, it will take “generations” to determine whether gay marriage reduces the likelihood that children will grow up in a two-parent household.

Gregory asked if the expansion of gay marriage rights has had a “negative impact on society.” Romney said that he believes marriage is an institution that exists between a man and a woman and the “ideal” situation in which to raise children is in a family with a father and a mother.

“I think it’s going to take a long, long time to determine whether having gay marriage will make it less likely for kids to be raised in settings where there’s a mom and a dad,” Romney said. “That’s not going to happen overnight. It’s something which happens over generations.”

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Asked by Gregory if Republicans “lost the fight” over gay marriage rights, Romney said that the issue of “who wins and who loses” over this issue is irrelevant. “Sometimes, if something is lost, you move on to the next issue,” he concluded.

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.