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Romney in Colorado: “I do not favor civil unions”

DENVER — Mitt Romney, who’s now a sure bet to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee this fall, commented about gay marriage and civil unions during an interview with FOX31 Denver’s Jeremy Hubbard Wednesday.

“Well, when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” Romney said during a visit to Fort Lupton. “My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”

Romney was in Colorado delivering a speech energy issues at a drill site at the K.P. Kauffman Company.

His comment came when questioned about Colorado’s civil unions bill dying in the House late Tuesday night.

Voters in North Carolina approved a ban on gay marriage on Tuesday.

President Obama says Wednesday he supports gay marriage in an interview with ABC News. “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama says.

This was Romney’s first visit to Colorado since Feb. 5, when he gave a short speech to supporters on the Auraria Campus after a disappointing second-place finish behind Rick Santorum in Colorado’s GOP caucuses that night.

Romney criticized President Obama about oil production. “Now, the president tries to take credit for the fact that oil production is up. I like to take credit for the fact that when I was governor the Red Sox won the World Series (laughter). But neither one of those would be the case.”

The Repbulican presidential candidate also criticized the administration on jobs creation. “They said they’d measure progress for instance, by whether they were able to create jobs. Well they haven’t been able to create jobs. In fact all of the decline in the rate of unemployment from 10 percent at its peak to 8.1 percent now is due not to job creation. It’s been due to people falling out of the workforce, dropping out of the workforce.”

Romney is also doing something he didn’t do in Colorado once during his primary campaign: meeting the press.

Romney conducted one-on-one interviews with FOX 31 and three other Denver area TV stations just prior to his speech on Wednesday.

Watch Jeremy Hubbard’s interview with Romney on FOX31 Denver News at 5 p.m.

Following the Fort Lupton event, Romney will fly to Oklahoma for another campaign event Wednesday evening.