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Corbett defends dropping defense of marriage law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's aides are insisting he wasn't thinking about politics when he decided against appealing a judge's decision that overturned Pennsylvania's law against same-sex marriage.

Corbett's chief of staff, Leslie Gromis Baker, says it may hurt Corbett politically, but he did what was right.

Corbett opposes same-sex marriage. But he says he agreed with his lawyers that he was unlikely to win an appeal.

Former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell says it's a smart move for the governor ahead of the Nov. 4 election, partly because it won't rile up Democrats.

Law professors say Corbett received good legal advice.

It's possible federal appellate judges sitting in Philadelphia might overturn the decision, but law professor Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond in Virginia says it's unlikely.

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