Former Massachusetts Governor and failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday was asked whether his opposition to gay marriage has softened.

During an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Romney told host David Gregory that he had not changed his mind on the issue of marriage equality.

“Well, I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney said. “And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in a setting where there's a father and a mother. Now there are many other different settings that children are raised in and people have the right to live their life as they want to. … And if gay couples want to live together, why that's fine as well. That's their right.”

“Do you think it has actually had a negative impact on society? That you have so many states now recognizing it,” Gregory asked.

“I think it's going to take a long, long time to determine whether having gay marriage will make it less likely for kids to be raised in settings where there's a mom and a dad,” Romney responded. “That's not going to happen overnight. It's something which happens over generations.”

Romney added that believes the issue should be decided by the people, not courts.

(Watch the entire segment at NBC News.)