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Mitt Romney on 'Meet the Press': It's 'Fine' if Gay Couples Want to Live Together, But Not Marry — VIDEO

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In a conversation with David Gregory on Meet the Press this morning, Mitt Romney was asked about the changing marriage landscape in the U.S. and if his views had changed.

Said Romney (my transcript)

"Well I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in a setting where there is a father and a mother. Now there are many other different settings that children are raised in and people have the right to live life as they want to. But I think that marriage should be defined in the way that it has been defined for several thousand years. And if gay couples want to live together then that's fine as well. That's their right."

Asked if he thinks it's going to have a negative impact on society that so many states are starting to allow gay marriage, Romney added:

"Oh 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. That's not gonna happen overnight. It's something which happens over generations in fact and again, I think the ideal setting is where there's a mom and dad that can invest their time and their resources in supporting the development of a child."

Asked if he thinks Republicans are losing on the marriage issue, Romney said:

"I don't think you have to worry about who wins or who loses a particular fight. I think you stand for various principles. You communicate those to the American people and they either support those or not. Sometimes, if something is lost why then you move on to the next issue. You wish you'd have won that one. But you move on. I think that in this case it's an issue that people continue to find relevant and important and it's something that is being considered in various states around the country. I do believe that it's better decided by people than by the courts."

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Mitt Romney Slow Jams the News: VIDEO

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Jimmy Fallon welcomed Mitt Romney for a segment of slow-jamming the news last night.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Mark Wahlberg's Meat, Mitt - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Time to say goodbye to The Mindy Project until April. Mindy Kaling's quirky series heads into hiatus with a doozy of an episode. If you're pulling for her character's relationship with Danny (Chris Messina) don't miss it Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

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The Utah Ruling Hasn't Changed Mitt Romney's Mind on Gay Marriage

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Mitt Romney, who is at Sundance for the new Netflix documentary about him, was asked about the recent Utah ruling on same-sex marriage in a Washington Post Q&A:

I have the same position that I’ve had when I was governor and when I ran as president. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. We’ll see how the courts deal with this, but that’s the position I have and will continue to have.


Mitt Romney Tries to Dance 'Gangnam Style': VIDEO

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If you've ever wondered what goes on at LDS Church youth conferences in Arizona, wonder no more.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes to Mitt Romney for Mocking 'Diverse' Family; Romney Accepts — VIDEO

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On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted a tearful apology from , MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for a New Year's segment that ran on her show in which panelists mocked a family photo in which Romney's adopted black infant grandson Kieran Romney appeared amid a sea of white faces.

RomneyfamilyIn the segment, actress Pia Glenn sang "One of these things is not like the other … and that little baby, front and center, would be the one," as panelists laughed.

Said Harris-Perry in her apology: "Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment," she said. "So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family....Also, allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule."

Said Romney in an appearance on FOX News Sunday this morning: "I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it. That’s all can you ask for. I am going to mover on from that. I am sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself. They’ve apologized for this. You know, I think we can go on from there.”

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