Mitt Romney. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Mitt Romney reaffirmed his support for gay couples to adopt children.
In an interview Thursday on Fox News, the presumptive GOP nominee said it is "fine" for couples of the same sex to adopt children. He once again said he is opposed to gay marriage, which President Obama now supports.
"If two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship and even want to adopt a child, in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children," said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor. "In my view that's something which people have the right to do, but to call that marriage is ... a departure for the real meaning of that word."
Romney has stated his support for gay couples to adopt in the past and has said he would prefer children to have a mother and a father.
His comments come as he campaigns today in North Carolina, which passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage earlier this week. He also will be the commencement speaker tomorrow at Liberty University in Virginia and reach out to evangelical voters.
Romney has repeatedly said this week that he is focused on the economy and world matters such as the situation in Syria.
In excerpts of his Liberty University speech released by his campaign, Romney will touch on the role his family plays in his life as he makes larger points about the economy.
"In the most practical, everyday terms, the best cultural assets are values as basic as personal responsibility, the dignity of hard work, and, above all, the commitments of family," Romney will say. "Take those away, or take them for granted, and so many things can go wrong in a life. Keep them strong, and so many things will go right."