Mass. Dems. fault GOP's Sullivan on gay marriage

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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Democrats are faulting Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Sullivan on the issue of gay marriage.

Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Sullivan is out of touch with Massachusetts, which he said has embraced equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

Sullivan described himself Wednesday as a traditionalist on marriage, believing it should be between a man and a woman.

Sullivan's campaign issued a statement later saying that he believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act should be reversed and the federal government should respect states that recognize gay marriage.

The act denies legally married gay couples a range of federal benefits available to other married couples.

Sullivan is the only candidate in the race who is opposed to gay marriage.