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Republican congressman says 'life is too short' to stand in the way of gay marriage

Pennsylvania's Charlie Dent: 'In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage'
Rep. Charlie Dent

A sitting Republican member of the US House of Representatives publicly supporting gay marriage?

It has happened.

While the GOP remain officially against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent went on the record Wednesday (28 May) stating that he will no longer be toeing the party line on this issue.

'Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage,' he said in a statement to The Washington Post.

He then quoted from the recent Pennsylvania ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban: '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.'

His statement does not come as a total surprise since Dent did publicly congratulated same-sex couples after the court ruling.'

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