Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage was cheered Wednesday when he addressed the NAACP's annual convention taking place in Houston, Texas.

The cheering was a “bright spot” for Romney whose speech was marred by several episodes of booing, including one after he said he would repeal Obamacare.

“Here at the NAACP,” Romney said, “you understand the deep and lasting difference the family makes. Your former executive director, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, had it exactly right. The family, he said, 'remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked.'”

“Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As president, I will promote strong families, and I will defend traditional marriage,” Romney said.

NAACP leaders in May followed President Barack Obama's lead in endorsing equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Earlier in his speech, Romney said, “I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed and sexual orientation.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)