Former Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Stance on Marriage Equality

Republican Tom Ridge, governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001, has reversed his anti-marriage equality stance since his time as governor. Ridge was one of the 131 Republicans who signed a brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court in favor of overruling California’s Prop 8 law, which banned same sex marriage in the state. The brief states that those who have signed, “have concluded that marriage is strengthened, not undermined, and its benefits and importance to society as well as the support and stability it gives to children and families promoted, not undercut, by providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples.” Ridge supported Republican Jon Huntsman in the 2012 Republican primaries. Huntsman has become an outspoken supporter of marriage equality as a conservative cause.

As governor of Pennsylvania, Ridge signed a 1996 state ban on same sex marriage, which is still law today. Currently, Pennsylvania State Senator, Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) is drafting a bill for marriage equality in Pennsylvania, as he has done in previous years. A Quinnipiac Poll conducted in January found that a majority of Pennsylvania residents support same sex marriage, with 47% in support, and 43% opposed.

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