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Tue Mar 6, 2012, 05:13 AM

In three states, personal stories changed gay marriage [View all]

The personal experiences of friends, family or constituents persuaded a crucial group of Republican lawmakers to vote for same-sex marriage in three state legislatures last month, in some cases tipping the balance in favor of legalizing gay matrimony.

Among them were two Washington state legislators with gay relatives, a New Jersey state senator who changed her mind while working on an anti-bullying measure and a Maryland state House delegate inspired by a gay couple coping with cancer.

"All politics is personal," Republican Washington state Senator Steve Litzow said in explaining his vote to support gay marriage legislation.

"If people have a personal connection, know 'this is somebody I love and care about,' I think that makes a huge difference," said Litzow, one of four Republican state senators who helped the measure pass in Washington state by a vote of 28 to 21.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/06/us-usa-gaymarriage-personal-idUSTRE82503320120306

You may never get some people to listen to your story. However, the ones you do reach can be critical. Trying to talk to them is worth a shot.














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