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GOP Rep. Dent: Life Too Short to Worry About Gay Marriage

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:07 AM

By Elliot Jager

The short list of Republican lawmakers who have come around to support same-sex marriage just got longer.

"Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage," says Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, according to The Washington Post.
The moderate Republican has previously opposed discrimination against homosexuals in others spheres of life including employment and government benefits.

Dent quoted from a May 20th Pennsylvania federal court ruling which struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage: "In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage." The congressman said that in "conversations with my family, I have come to realize that they already see the world through that lens," according to the Post.

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"As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives. I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well," he said in a statement.

Dent is running unopposed in a moderate, mostly Republican, district that includes Allentown.

According to the Post the other Republicans who have spoken out publicly in support of same-sex marriage are:

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman who has a gay son.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who returned to the senate after recovering from a stroke to argue that, "Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back – government has no place in the middle."

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who wrote that given how "many forces [are] pulling our society apart, we need more commitment to marriage, not less."

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who told a reporter for a gay newspaper that she was a supporter of same-sex marriage.

And, New York Congressman Richard Hanna, who came out for marriage between same-sex couples in 2012, according to the Post.

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