Romney Says He's Not Intolerant Of Gays

Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) -- Even though he doesn't support same-sex marriage, Mitt Romney says that doesn't mean he's intolerant of gays.

The Republican Presidential Candidate points out that gays served in his administration when he was governor of Massachusetts.

In a brief Associated Press interview, Romney elaborated on comments he had made during a campaign event, in which an audience member asked whether pastors should preach that homosexuality is a sin. Romney responded that the government shouldn't tell pastors what they can say.

But afterward, he said he wouldn't preach that same message himself. He said no person running for a secular position should discuss what they find immoral or not in their personal faith.

Romney's record on gay rights has drawn criticism that he changes his stand for political reasons. As governor, he pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

But he says he opposes discrimination against gays. Romney says he's against gay marriage because it's not in the best interest of children.

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