Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gay marriage now key issue for Corzine

Gay marriage now key issue for Corzine | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/21/2009

Once a critic of same-sex nuptials, he is promoting "the freedom to marry."

Gov. Corzine has made "marriage equality" for gays and lesbians a prominent piece of his reelection campaign, taking another step in his conversion on the issue and encouraging gay-rights advocates who hope to see same-sex marriage approved in New Jersey this year.

In public speeches and private appearances, Corzine, who as recently as 2006 said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, has touted his support of same-sex marriage.

In raising the issue, he has tried to draw a bright-line divide with his Republican opponent, Christopher J. Christie, who has said he would veto a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed....

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