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Poll: Pennsylvania Voters Don’t Approve Of Montgomery County Same Sex Marriage Licenses

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Less than a week before the matter is argued before a state judge, a new poll shows the decision by a Montgomery County official to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples is widely unpopular with Pennsylvania voters.

The new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows there’s still majority support for same sex marriage in Pennsylvania. But Poll Director Terry Madonna says a much bigger majority believes it is wrong for elected officials to ignore laws they disagree with, such as the case of issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples in defiance of state law.

“Seventy-six percent find that practice unacceptable, even though 54-percent of Pennsylvanians support gay marriage,” Madonna said. “So the issue here is not support of gay marriage, but the way in which some officials in this state believe it ought to be accomplished.”

The poll also shows Governor Corbett’s ratings continuing to slide, with only 17-percent of all Pennsylvania voters, and just 30-percent of Republicans, saying he’s done an “excellent” or “good” job.

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