Mitt Romney has said he supports gay rights, but not the legalization of gay marriage.

The 64-year-old Romney told the Nashua Telegraph on Monday that he remains opposed to gay marriage, but favors gay rights.

“The story on same-sex marriage is that I have the same position on that I had when I ran from the very beginning,” Romney said. “I'm in favor of traditional marriage. I oppose same-sex marriage. At the same time, I don't believe in discriminating in employment or opportunity for gay individuals. So I favor gay rights, I do not favor same-sex marriage. That has been my position all along.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Romney's remarks come as Democrats have attacked his position on gay rights and GOP rivals have attempted to paint him as a proponent of marriage equality.

During an appearance last month on NBC's Meet the Press, Obama adviser David Plouffe said Romney has “moved all over the place” on issues, including gay marriage.

Presidential candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have also taken swipes at Romney.

“I would argue that Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, was to the left of Barack Obama on the issue of gay marriage,” Santorum said during an interview on Laura Ingraham's radio show.

And during an interview on the Steve Deace radio show, Bachmann accused Romney of signing “189 same-sex marriage licenses.”

In 2006, Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he objects to gay marriage because it hurts kids.

“Marriage is primarily not about adults, but about kids. A child and their development and nurturing is enhanced by access and by the the nurturing of two parents of two different genders,” he said.