Herman Cain, Republican presidential
candidate, has reiterated his opposition to a constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage.
Speaking Sunday on NBC's Meet The
Press, Cain said he does not favor such an amendment.
But Cain, whose candidacy has surged in
recent weeks due largely to his 9-9-9 tax reform plan, has previously
made statements that might suggest otherwise.
During a brief interview at the Iowa
State Fair with CNN anchor Don Lemon, Cain sounded very much in favor
of such a ban.
“Don't rewrite the Constitution,
enforce the Constitution, that's what that whole movement is about,”
“Don't rewrite the Constitution?
Even when it comes to gay marriage, same-sex marriage?” Lemon
“Don't rewrite the Constitution,”
Cain insisted. “Now, there is a difference between rewriting the
Constitution and adding something to the Constitution. There is a
difference between that, OK?”
Two months before that exchange, Cain
said during a New Hampshire debate that he does not support such an
On Sunday, the former CEO of
Godfather's Pizza reiterated that position.
Host David Gregory asked: “Would you
seek a constitutional ban for same-sex marriage?”
“I wouldn't seek a constitutional ban
for same-sex marriage, but I am pro traditional marriage,” Cain
“But you would let the states make up
their own mind as they're doing now?”
“They would make up their own minds,
yes,” he answered. (The video is embedded in the right panel of