Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said gay people “deserve equal rights” but are not entitled to marriage.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Priebus said he supports some rights for gay men and lesbians.

“I think they deserve equal rights in regard to say discrimination in the workplace, issues such as Mitt Romney has pointed out numerous times, hospital visitations,” said Priebus. “I think that for the sake of dignity and respect, sure. But if you're defining marriage as a civil right, then no, I don't believe that people who are same sex should be able to be married under our laws.”

“People in this country, no matter straight or gay deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn't mean it carries on to marriage. And I think that most Americans agree that in this country, the legal and historic and the religious union, marriage has to have the definition of one man and one woman.”

Priebus added that he, like Mitt Romney, supports a federal amendment banning gay marriage.