The four candidates vying for the Florida Senate GOP nomination oppose gay marriage.

Former Senator George LeMieux, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Ruth's Chris CEO Craig Miller appeared at a debate on Saturday co-sponsored by the Christian conservative Florida Family Policy Council and the West Orlando Tea Party, the Miami Herald reported.

The candidates mostly agreed in their opposition to gay marriage, civil unions and gay-inclusive hate crime laws.

“I do not see the need for hate crime legislation, every crime is hateful,” said LeMieux. “You don't need a special category for anyone.”

“I'm opposed to same sex marriage whether it's in New York or Florida or elsewhere,” Hasner said. “In every state where the voters have the opportunity, even in California, they've defended an institution of marriage between one man and one woman.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

McCalister said he opposes marriage equality, but added that the states have a right to decide the issue, echoing a position held by two Republican presidential candidates: Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.