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Where Presidential Contenders Stand On Gay Marriage

Huntsman: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was asked the day he launched his campaign whether, if gay marriage became legal in New York, he would seek to overturn the law. Huntsman answered that he would "respect the state's decision" on the issue. Gingrich: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said during the New Hampshire debate that if the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) failed, then he would support a constitutional amendment. Ron Paul: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said at the debate that he wouldn't support an amendment, and further added that government shouldn't be involved at all in the marriage business. Cain: Businessman Herman Cain, at the debate, said whether gay marriage was legal should be a state-level decision. On the Hugh Hewitt show in late June, he noted his strong support of for DOMA, and again reiterated he was against a constitutional amendment. McCotter: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., recently weighed in on same-sex marriage on Fox News. "I oppose it but I believe it's a determination for the people of the states to decide," he said. "It should not be imposed on them by an imperial or judiciary or a bureaucracy in Washington." However, in both 2004 and 2006, McCotter voted in the House for constitutional amendments. Palin: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin broke with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., back in 2008 to say that she supports a constitutional amendment.

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