At tonight’s debate in Spartanburg, a gay online viewer asked a question about protecting gay students from bullying and promoting acceptance of gay rights.

GOP candidate Nikki Haley quickly dismissed the bullying question, saying it had been addressed and she would protect anyone regardless of race, gender, “or anything else.” But be sure to know she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

Democrat Vincent Sheheen started off on the same foot, declaring, “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

But he spent the rest of his time bringing the issue back to bullying and his support for students, relating it to his own children. It’s worth reading:

But I also think that violence against anyone is completely unacceptable. And I think that if a child, regardless of the reason why, is the subject of bullying, we ought to take action. Because every child is God’s creature in this world. I love my children, I’m proud of my children. And whatever problems my children might have, whatever blessings my children may have, whatever my children may go through in life, I’ll be there to support them. And I think we need to have that same approach to children throughout this state. And I will.