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Gays and Lesbians / Romney / Obama / A Discussion / Bond Interview #1021629

CNN Evening News for Thursday, May 10, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A look at the view of Mitt Romney on gay and lesbians and what Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama said about gay marriage introduced; details given about Romney's statements in October, 1994, about full equality for gays and lesbians. [Yesterday, ROMNEY - says marriage is between a man and a woman.] [In December, 2011, in response to question from Chris Wallace, ROMNEY - speaks about not discriminating and his opposition to same-sex marriage.] [January 2012, ROMNEY - says he will not discriminate but opposes gay marriage.] [Today on Fox, ROMNEY - offers a view on gay adoption, but....]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala and Romney adviser Kevin Madden about the battle over same-sex marriage. [MADDEN - explains what "full equality" and "marriage" means to Romney; says voters will be talking about current issues, including the candidates' views of marriage.] [BEGALA - suggests Romney wants to kick gays out of the military and amend the Constitution to write discrimination into it.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with civil rights activist Julian Bond about the reaction of the African-American community to the gay marriage issue and Romney's definition of "equality." [BOND - comments on Romney's views of "full equality"; gives his personal reaction to what Obama said yesterday about gay marriage; suggests the tide is turning toward black support for same-sex marriage; states the gay issue is now the front of the civil rights movement.]

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