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This week during a speech, President Obama spoke highly about America’s favorable reaction to his announcement on gay marriage.
“A lot of recent polls show that support for gay marriage across the country is growing,” Clo Ewing, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, told The Washington Post.
A new Washington Post, ABC-News poll shows that a slight majority of Americans, 53 percent, are in support of legalizing gay marriage. This is a new high. Also, 39 percent say that gay marge should be illegal.
Another poll shows that 7 percent of registered voters say that the gay marriage issue causes them concern about President Obama. Another 31 percent say that the announcement made them stronger supporters of Obama. Another 62 percent said that it doesn’t make a difference.
The move in support of gay marriage is risky for Obama. Thirty states have voted against gay marriage. One of those states, North Carolina, is a key battleground state. The voters in North Carolina had just voted to ban same s*x marriage the day before President Obama announced his support for it. Also, Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, has become very unpopular in the south.
One area where President Obama has gained from his support of same-s*x unions is in the area of fund-raising. Right after his announcement in support of gay marriage, he raised $15 million in a fundraiser with actor George Clooney.
“Romney’s position on same-s*x marriage is also historic but not in the way it should be,” said Joe Solmonese, a co-chair of Obama’s campaign. “He has pledged to write discrimination into the constitution.”
The Obama campaign plans to cash in on their support for the gay community. The administration is planning to increase voter turnout among the gay/lesbian community with phone banks, house parties and other events.