If Romney Wins: Romney’s stance on same-sex marriage borders on radical. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has said the man’s election would be a “serious setback” for the LGBT community. Romney, a limited-government man, once signed a pledge in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The former Massachusetts governor even opposes civil unions.
If Obama Wins: President Obama, as the first president in history to back same-sex marriage, will seek to advance the cause with caution. The President ended the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during his first term. During a second term, he can be expected to advocate for same-sex marriage using his influence, rather than any type of legislation at the federal level.