Lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in N.H., Maine – CNN.com: “Lawmakers voted in favor of same-sex marriage in New Hampshire and Maine on Wednesday, leaving Rhode Island as the only other New England state without legislation in favor of the issue.”
Take a closer look here. I think they’re trying to say Rhode Island is the only state in New England without legislation in favor of same-sex marriage. That’s not the same as the only other state, which implies that Rhode Island is a state without legislation in favor of same-sex marriage, and an additional unnamed New England state exists without legislation in favor of “the issue.”
Which brings me to my next point. “In favor of the issue”, as in “theme,” “topic,” “discussion,” etc.? That implies someone wants to make it a law to talk about it. I don’t think that was ever in question (at least, I hope not). I therefore assume that said legislation in New Hampshire and Maine was in favor of same-sex marriage, not in favor of the issue of same-sex marriage.
Seems like they’ve got the spelling and grammar check working, but forgot that the words they choose also actually have to make sense.