Marriage ruling renews GOP centrists-vs.-base feud

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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The dramatic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is forcing Republican leaders to cope, in bright daylight, with something they'd rather handle discreetly: the careful balance between placating their conservative base and reaching out to centrist voters crucial in presidential elections.

Top GOP leaders showed notable restraint this week, while conservative activists fulminated against the court's decision, which requires the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage.

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