The New York Times
May 10, 2012
Like many conservative Republicans, Mitt Romney is opposed not only to marriage equality, but also to the civil unions that many states have adopted as an alternative to full marital rights for gay couples. Now that President Obama, long a supporter of civil unions, has publicly embraced marriage for same-sex couples, the question of precisely what legal status and protections should be granted to gay couples is emerging as an issue of the starkest possible contrast between the two presidential candidates.