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David Jolly becomes rare Republican member of US Congress who supports gay marriage

David Jolly becomes rare Republican member of US Congress who supports gay marriage

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

‘I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage,’ Jolly, 41, said this week as he spoke about a recent judicial ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in Florida’s Monroe County.

‘ … As a matter of Constitutional principle, I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty,’ Jolly said. ‘To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state.’

Jolly and his wife of 15 years were divorced in January, two days after he won the Republican nomination for his congressional seat. He defeated his Democratic opponent in a special election in March.