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Pro-family advocates defend Romney's record on life, marriage


Then Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the media at a 2004 press conference in Boston. CNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot

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BOSTON (CNA) -- A group of nine individuals from pro-family organizations in Massachusetts have written an open letter defending Mitt Romney's record of protecting marriage, promoting a culture of life and supporting religious freedom during his time as governor of the state.

The Dec. 30 letter attempts to "set the record straight" after Romney's commitment to life and marriage was questioned in media reports.

Among the signatories were Raymond L. Flynn and Mary Ann Glendon, both former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See, as well as former executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, Gerald D. D'Avolio.

Romney's critics have been skeptical of his claim that he had a pro-life conversion in 2004, after years of supporting legal abortion. They have also attacked the governor for allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples in Massachusetts. Romney opponents have also raised concerns about his Mormon faith, arguing that it may be a threat to mainstream Christianity.

However, the pro-family advocates argued that as governor, Romney "staunchly defended traditional marriage" and worked to overturn same-sex "marriage" in the state.

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