MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow has called Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan 'absolutists' in their opposition to gay marriage.

Maddow made her remarks during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Maddow noted the increasing rate of support for marriage equality, then added: “But the Republican Party keeps running politicians for office who are superly rigidly anti-gay. So Romney and Ryan are not just anti-gay marriage, they want to change the United States Constitution to ban gay couples from getting married. Really, the constitution needs to change for that?”

“They're absolutists in being anti-gay in terms of their policy positions.”

“But even Republicans are starting to feel much more moderate on this issue. And so, I think it's interesting to watch the Republicans. The ground is really shifting under their feet on this. And I don't think they know how to adjust. They're still fighting each other over who's more anti-gay. And if they're going to try to compete for the public's affections, they're going to have to start competing for who is more tolerant and accepting, I think.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)