Gay marriage a big issue but not biggest, candidates say

 
 
Updated 10/4/2012 1:24 PM

While the question whether same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry is percolating on both the state and federal levels, suburban candidates on both sides of the issue are stepping back from making it a central point in their campaigns. Legislation in Springfield to legalize gay marriage is getting attention, and a state court case trying to achieve the same goal is under review.

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