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On gay marriage, Corbett not far from polls

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Aug 30, 2013 2:16 PM

Recent polls show the nuance of the majority of respondents' position on same-sex marriage, as the Corbett administration struggles to stick to a single message on the issue.
54 percent of voters polled by Franklin & Marshall College in May said they support gay marriage.

Yet, in F&M's August poll, 76 percent of the August respondents said it's unacceptable for government officials to ignore the state's ban on gay marriage.

"You can be for something but on the other hand you can easily reach the conclusion that the way to accomplish the objective is through a legal means," said pollster Terry Madonna.

The actions of the Corbett administration have stuck rather close to the wishes of the majority respondents in the most recent poll.

Corbett's lawyers have sued the Montgomery County Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes, for issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in violation of state law.

In a legal brief filed by Corbett's lawyers, same-sex couples are compared to children, as a way of showing why such couples, also barred from marrying, would not have standing in the case.

The attorneys defended the argument in a press release, but Corbett has since said the analogy was "inappropriate."


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