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Republican Candidates On Gay Rights: Where Cain, Bachmann And Other GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stand On LGBT Issues (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/25/11 09:51 AM ET   Updated: 10/25/11 11:36 AM ET

Herman Cain's controversial view of homosexuality as a choice has once again thrust the same-sex marriage and LGBT rights stances of each of the various 2012 Republican hopefuls back into the spotlight.

"I think it's a sin because of my biblical beliefs and, although people don't agree with me, I happen to think that it is a personal choice," Cain, who has also spoken out in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, told talk show host Piers Morgan last week. "I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it."

While his comments ruffled more than a few feathers (provoking a particularly memorable response from sex columnist Dan Savage), Cain is not the first potential 2012 candidate to come under fire on gay issues in recent months. Earlier this year, Michele Bachmann -- arguably the most socially conservative of the candidates -- faced allegations that a Christian counseling clinic she co-owned with her husband Marcus offered "reparative" therapy to patients seeking to "cure" their homosexuality.

In addition to Bachmann, candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have reportedly signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S. Constitution if they are elected.

So where do the individual GOP candidates stand on same-sex marriage and other gay issues? Find out below:

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"I think it's a sin because of my biblical beliefs and, although people don't agree with me, I happen to think that it is a personal choice," the former Godfather's Pizza CEO told talk show host Piers Morgan. "Let me turn it around to you. What does science show? Show me evidence other than opinion and you might cause me to reconsider that. ... I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it. That's all I'm saying."
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