In their speeches to delegates at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan touched on gay marriage.

Ryan touted Romney's opposition to gay nuptials in listing his qualifications to be the next president.

“Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I've been watching that example. The man who'll accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful, and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best,” Ryan said.

In accepting the nomination Thursday night, Romney also reminded Republicans of his stance on social issues.

“As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion,” Romney said. “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise … is to help you and your family.”

Romney was among the Republican candidates who last summer signed a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) pledge in support of a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.