McDonnell Comments on 1989 Thesis Views

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell says he has tempered beliefs since he wrote in a 1989 graduate thesis that governments should protect heterosexual, two-parent families from feminists, "cohabitators and

McDonnell talked to reporters Monday about Sunday's news reports on the conservative manifesto he wrote at the close of the Reagan administration.

McDonnell dismissed the paper as "an academic exercise" from long ago and said he no longer believes much of what he wrote then.

He said he still believes marriage should be limited to one man and one woman, but discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or marital status has no place in government or on the job.

He said his views have changed because of his family, jobs, elected service and life experience.

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