Senate candidates unite in opposition to gay marriage

Published: Feb. 26, 2004 at 3:19 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2004 at 11:14 AM EST
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(Columbia-AP) Feb. 25, 2004 -- Democratic US Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum says she opposes gay marriage. Tenenbaum says she could support a Constitutional amendment proposed by President Bush to define marriage.

Her position puts her in line with the Republican candidates also seeking the seat of retiring Democratic US Senator Ernest Hollings.

Experts say Tenenbaum's position reflects that of the majority of South Carolinians. South Carolina is a Republican-leaning state that strongly backs Bush. Furman University political scientist Jim Guth says many of the black voters who make up a key portion of the state's Democrats are against gay marriages.

Former state Attorney General Charlie Condon, US Representative Jim DeMint, Charleston developer Thomas Ravenel, and former Governor David Beasley said they support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Posted 10:21pm by BrettWitt