Marriage issue is test for Romney campaign

Some advisers see risk

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney’s campaign is weighing how forcefully to use his opposition to gay marriage - in contrast to President Obama’s endorsement of it this week - as a way to energize a social conservative GOP base that has long distrusted him.

Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Romney, said on Thursday that the campaign would make the issue a clear “bright-line difference in this campaign.’’ He said Romney would campaign on the issue and also actively push for a federal constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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