A tweet that was later deleted mistakenly shows candidate for Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick offering support for same-sex marriage
(CBS NEWS) -- Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican, is an outspoken opponent
of same-sex marriage. But for a few brief moments on Thursday afternoon,
his Twitter feed was not.
"MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN,"
blared a tweet from Patrick at 3:05 p.m. "Enough of these activist
judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is
The tweet was promptly removed and replaced less than
10 minutes later with a tweet that more accurately captured Patrick's sentiments on marriage equality:
MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN. Enough of these activist judges.
FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!
To clear up any lingering misunderstanding, Patrick later offered this clarification:
I want to re-emphasize my long held position: Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. Period. Join us : http://danpatrick.org
He later owned up to what he called a "#twittertypo," joking, "We have a new job opening on our campaign: social media intern."
Patrick, who is running for lieutenant governor, was reacting to a ruling Thursday by a federal judge striking down a Texas law banning same-sex marriage.
The judge, Orlando Garcia, said the Texas law violated the
Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. He declined
to immediately throw the law out, however, leaving it in place pending
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