Ohio's Fisher Softens On Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (Ap) -- A newspaper reports that U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher has softened his opposition to gay marriage.

In a statement to the Cleveland Plain Dealer made public Wednesday, Fisher suggested government should focus on other things besides trying to stop people "who want to be in a committed relationship and take responsibility for each other."

In April, the paper said, Fisher told the Gay People's Chronicle he favored civil unions but had questions about gay marriage.

In a 2006 candidate survey, Fisher said he did not believe Ohio should recognize same-sex marriage.

Fisher's likely primary opponent, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, supports gay marriage.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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