Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted on Sunday that his opposition to same sex marriage was not discrimination against gay people.

During a GOP debate in New Hampshire Sunday, WHDH's Andy Hiller asked Romney, "How have you stood up for gay rights, and when have you used your voice to influence Republicans on this issue?"

"I don't discriminate," Romney declared. "And in the appointments that I made when I was governor of Massachusetts, a member of my cabinet was gay."

"I made it very clear that, in my view, we should not discriminate in hiring policies, in legal policies," he continued. "At the same time from the very beginning in 1994, I said to the gay community, 'I do not favor same sex marriage; I oppose same sex marriage.'"

Watch this video from MSNBC, uploaded Jan. 8, 2012.