By Justin Sink - 10/24/11 02:13 PM EDT
"I wouldn't seek a constitutional ban for same-sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage," Cain said.
He went on to say that states would be allowed to make up their own minds on the issue.
Cain's hardening on the issue came the week after his Republican opponents jumped on him for a scattered and somewhat contradictory position on abortion rights. The candidate attempted to clarify those remarks at Saturday's event, telling the audience "from conception, no abortions, no exceptions" and clarifying to reporters later that he would sign any federal legislation banning abortions.
But other candidates, including Rick Perry, seized on the comments, saying it was "a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life but government should stay out of the decision." Rick Santorum called Cain's position "right out of the pro-choice playbook."