Statements about Marriage
"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."
"The city of Atlanta has one of the highest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations per capita, ranking third among major American cities."
On support for gay marriage.
Says the Obama administration "will no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)."
Says a study shows that children who live with a biological parent and the parent's boyfriend or girlfriend "have a 20 times greater chance of being sexually abused."
Says he and President Barack Obama have the same position on gay marriage.
"Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock."
Says "67 percent of marriages now wind up in divorce."
Says an Obama administration policy prohibits people who work with at-risk youth from promoting marriage as a way to avoid poverty.
"When [Mitt Romney] was the governor of Massachusetts, he performed 100 — and I’m not sure this number is right, but my mind says it’s about 180 gay marriages."
"In 1958, there were 16 states in this country that prohibited -- prohibited -- an African-American and a Caucasian from being married."
"Opinion polls show that the majority of Americans, and the majority of New Jerseyans, favor marriage equality for same sex couples."
Says Ron Paul doesn’t believe in marriage licenses.
The poverty rate for families in which a husband and a wife work is 5 percent, but in families headed by one person … "it's 30 percent today."
"Polls now show a majority of Catholics favor marriage equality."
On whether judges should be allowed to place children with gay couples who wish to adopt.
"The people of Rhode Island don't want same-sex marriage."
"Full marriage equality [would provide same-sex couples] with about 1,700 rights."
Says the majority of Americans support gay marriage.
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