Romney defends marriage and faith in Liberty University speech

Mitt Romney doubled down on his position against same sex marriage, telling graduates at Liberty University Saturday that marriage between “one man and one woman” is an “enduring institution” that should be defended, the Ticket reports. Coming just days after President Obama endorsed the right of gays and lesbians to marry, the comment earned Romney a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 30,000 people—the largest crowd Romney has ever addressed as a political candidate–but it was his only mention of the hot button social issue. Instead, the presumptive Republican nominee used his commencement address at that evangelical university to emphasize the importance of faith and family—and take some slight digs at President Obama’s handling of the country, though he didn’t name his 2012 opponent.

“Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about life in four-year stretches. And let’s just say that not everybody has achieved as much in these last four years as you have,” Romney said. ” But that’s a theme for another day.”

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