Same-sex marriage vote would be a 'tough' one, Masser says
SHAMOKIN - While he believes it will remain an issue for the courts, not the Legislature, state Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107) said it would be difficult if he had to vote on the issue of same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania.
"It would be a tough vote for me," he said. "I have some friends who are gay and lesbian."
Masser was asked about the issue in light of the fact that a native of his current hometown, Elysburg, has been at the center of the same-sex marriage issue. Alicia Terrizzi and her partner, Loreen Bloodgood, of Limerick, were the second same-sex couple to receive a marriage license when Montgomery County Register and Recorder Bruce Hanes began issuing them July 24. Terrizzi and Bloodgood were the first to be married, later that same day.
Hanes' actions have sparked controversy, but
he said he felt justified constitutionally to issue the licenses based on a recent ruling involving the Defense of Marriage Act. Masser, however, think he's wrong.
"The law says he is," Masser said, despite the constitutional debate.
Still, he is understanding of the two sides.
"I've always been of the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but that doesn't make it an easy vote," he said.
Masser said he does not know Terrizzi.
- Andy Heintzelman