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GOP Rep. Charlie Dent: 'Life is Too Short to...Stand in the Way' of Gay Adults Who Want to Marry

Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) has come out for marriage equality in a statement to the Washington Post:

Dent"Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage," Dent said in a statement provided first to The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Quoting from the Pennsylvania ruling, "in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage," Dent said that in "conversations with my family, I have come to realize that they already see the world through that lens."

Dent continued:

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

Dent's announcement comes following a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Dent joins GOP Senators Rob Portman, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Richard Hanna in voicing support for marriage equality.

Dent is one of seven Republican co-sponsors of ENDA and was a co-sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act.

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  1. We all need thicker lenses. Then we won't see anything. He's a politician.

    Posted by: GEB | May 28, 2014 6:11:23 PM


  2. nice. Thank you for your evolution!

    Posted by: Seth | May 28, 2014 6:12:39 PM


  3. I will never stop being suspicious when a Republican supports us in any way.

    Posted by: Tigernan | May 28, 2014 6:22:56 PM


  4. If the GOP keeps evolving like this, Tony Pervkins soon has to break off to form his "family" party.

    Posted by: simon | May 28, 2014 6:29:13 PM


  5. I'm certain that this has nothing to do with his district being the most Democratic-leaning of any currently held by a Republican. Sucks when the pendulum starts to swing the other way, huh, Charlie?

    Posted by: Sergio | May 28, 2014 6:35:31 PM


  6. Kudos to Representative Charlie Dent! His support not only helps solidify gay marriage in Pennsylvania, but it will, also, help persuade middle-of-the-road citizens and rank-and-file Republicans that supporting gay marriage is the right thing to do. Public announcements such as his are a major reason for why support for marriage equality in this country keeps rising.

    Posted by: RonCharles | May 28, 2014 6:39:23 PM


  7. Sucking up the liberal spectrum of the GOP. How pathetic. Why do people suck up to those perverts nowadays?

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 6:41:15 PM


  8. Sucking up the liberal spectrum of the GOP. How pathetic. Why do people suck up to those perverts nowadays?

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 6:41:16 PM


  9. Sucking up the liberal spectrum of the GOP. How pathetic. Why do people suck up to those perverts nowadays?

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 6:41:16 PM


  10. This bigot voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Jul 2006)

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | May 28, 2014 6:45:10 PM


  11. Gary:
    Isn't that obvious? It is all politics. You think he did it out of principle? As George Will said : "the opposition is dying." Where are they going to get votes when supporters like you die off.

    Posted by: simon | May 28, 2014 6:50:58 PM


  12. To all the people expressing suspicion and cynicism : why can't you take yes for an answer? Regardless of their motives, every time a politician comes out for equality it becomes harder for those who oppose it.

    Posted by: Clayton | May 28, 2014 7:03:56 PM


  13. Simon, we won't be replaced. Two moms or two dads can't reproduce. So enjoy your false feeling of superiority now. Supporters like me are the ones that are going to survivor. Not that LGBT nonsense.

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 7:05:19 PM


  14. Someone is using my name - it's not me. Have to change it.

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 7:08:24 PM


  15. Gary, kind of like how you (Rick) steal other people's names and post under them? Karma is a b#t#h.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 28, 2014 7:11:35 PM


  16. Gary, kind of like how you (Rick) steal other people's names and post under them? Karma is a b#t#h.

    Posted by: MatthieuM | May 28, 2014 7:12:01 PM


  17. Even if you can reproduce, your children can still be gay. They probably won't be a supporter. It is just stupid to say gays can't reproduce. If you are that stupid, my advice is you better not to produce another stupid child for the sake of humanity. That may be good for your stupid party.

    Posted by: simon | May 28, 2014 7:12:36 PM


  18. Karma belongs on a Venice Beach T-shirt. F- you all!

    Posted by: GEB | May 28, 2014 7:17:10 PM


  19. Simon, I don't need queers explaining logic to me, thanks. Is it logical to engage in same-sex activity? Nope. Not decent or moral, either. You really don't have much of a leg to stand on.

    Posted by: gary | May 28, 2014 7:20:41 PM


  20. It is funny that "not gay" Gary trolling a gay site and talking about having a child with a woman.

    Posted by: simon | May 28, 2014 7:21:52 PM


  21. Gary, who made you the person who decides what is moral or not? Morality is relative to the time period. Thankfully your side is losing, state by state we are completely owning you in court.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | May 28, 2014 7:25:32 PM


  22. Gary:
    You are just to stupid to understand what logic is. There is no logic in same-sex activity. It is just what it is - an activity.
    Of course there is no correlation between a person's logical thinking and sexual orientation. You are a living proof of it.

    Posted by: simon | May 28, 2014 7:26:51 PM


  23. Well, as apologies go, that one falls a little short of the mark, buddy.

    Posted by: Bill | May 28, 2014 7:28:16 PM


  24. You'll see the true losing side not in this life but the next. Maya Angelou is learning that the hard way as we speak.

    Posted by: Gary | May 28, 2014 7:29:12 PM


  25. Back in 1998 , I attended a Candle light event at the Lehigh County Government Center after the murder of Matthew Shepard and Charlie Dent was there. As I recall he was the only elected Official there. I don't recall seeing any Democrats there

    Posted by: Jerry | May 28, 2014 7:30:05 PM


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