Opposes legal recognition of same-sex marriage and says it should be banned with an amendment to the Constitution, not decided by states. Also opposes civil unions: "if they are identical to marriage other than by name," but says states should be left to decide what rights and benefits should be allowed under those unions. Says he would not seek to restore the ban on openly gay military members. In 2002 campaign for Massachusetts governor, said that "all citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference."
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