Romney makes promises on abortion, gay marriage

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 12:01 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — As Mitt Romney spells out his differences with President Barack Obama, he's included the social issues that caused some religious conservatives to have doubts about him.

Romney, who once supported abortion rights, told the convention that as president, he will "protect the sanctity of life." He added that he will "honor the institution of marriage" and "guarantee" what he called "America's first liberty: the freedom of religion."

Romney opposes same-sex marriage and says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left to the states.

The convention delegates responded with laughter when Romney told them that "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans." Romney said his own promise is "to help you and your family."

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