Republican presidential candidate Carly
Fiorina on Monday refused to answer whether she supports the right of
gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“Asked Carly Fiorina if she supports
same sex marriage,” MSNBC's Kasie Hunt tweeted to her more than
41,000 followers. “She says focus should be on religious liberty.
Asked again. And again. No yes or no.”
Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, earlier
this year appeared to soften her opposition to marriage equality,
saying that she no longer supports a federal amendment which would
reverse the Supreme Court's ruling which found that gay and lesbian
couples have a constitutional right to marry.
“I think the Supreme Court ruling
will become the law of the land and however much I may agree or
disagree with it, I wouldn't support an amendment to reverse it,”
she said in May. She quickly added that LGBT rights threaten
“I very much hope that we will come
to a place now in this nation where we can support their decision and
at the same time support people's right to hold religious views and
protect their right to exercise those views,” she
During her 2010 Senate campaign,
Fiorina defended California's marriage ban, Proposition 8, saying it
was “not appropriate” for a judge to overrule the will of
California voters who approved the measure in 2008. Proposition 8
was struck down in 2013.