(CBS NEWS) -- Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican, is an outspoken opponentof 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 activistjudges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there iswith us."
The tweet was promptly removed and replaced less than10 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 theConstitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. He declinedto immediately throw the law out, however, leaving it in place pendingan appeal.
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