First caught by Andrew Sullivan. As he said: "You see a man meet a machine"
Study this well, fellow Democrats. This is why Romney is going to lose the 2012 Election.
It's not even this particular position. It's his total inability to listen, to engage in a...well, human way with this man, or anyone.
All he had to say was: "Listen, my own moral/religious convictions preclude me from supporting the idea of anything but a man and a woman getting married, but...you're right, the spouses of Gay Soldiers deserve all the familial and visitation and health care rights provided to straight couples, and I think Federal Law can fix that."
It would still be bullshit, because if Mittens hasn't noticed, the rest of the country has moved on. The guy still might not vote for him in the fall, but at least Mitt would keep the guy in the undecided column.
That's one thing Mitt is ultimately good at...you can't stay "undecided" around him for long, particularly when you look him in the eye.