The Huffingon Post
August 30, 2012
On Tuesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mitt Romney’s most prominent Mormon supporter in the U.S. Senate, broke with the presidential candidate on amending the Constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples, saying that even though he doesn’t agree with marriage equality, “I’m a believer that the states should make their own determination” and “have a right to do it.” A federal marriage amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, which conservatives have unsuccessfully brought to a vote several times in Congress, would ban all states from enacting laws establishing marriage rights for gays and lesbians and would conceivably end any future marriages in those states that have already enacted marriage equality. Walking through the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Hatch—who has been lauded as an early GOP supporter of AIDS funding in the ‘80s, when the disease was ravaging the gay community—was asked if his beliefs on marriage for gays and lesbians had evolved.