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Gay advocates urge Corbett to follow Christie

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Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to follow the lead of New Jersey's governor and end his opposition to same-sex marriage.

State Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Philadelphia Democrats, said nearly all states bordering Pennsylvania now grant equality to all their citizens.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided Monday to drop his appeal of a court ruling that forced his state to recognize gay marriage.

Sims and McCarter earlier this month introduced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. Their measure would also recognize marriages legally performed in other states.

Corbett supports a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and has lawyers defending a lawsuit against Pennsylvania's 1996 law defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman.


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