How Obama Factors In States Voting On Marriage

National Public Radio
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July 16, 2012

President Obama’s decision to publicly support marriage equality may have changed the minds of some Americans, according to a national poll. But in states that will vote on the issue in November, the impact has been mixed.

Marriage equality advocates say they have raised more money and attracted additional campaign volunteers since the president’s historic announcement in May. But opponents downplay Obama’s potential impact, beyond serving to mobilize their conservative base.

Four states will ask voters to weigh in on marriage, with the possibility that it could be upheld as law in Maryland, Maine and Washington state. In the fourth state, Minnesota, where marriage equality already has been outlawed, voters will consider a constitutional amendment to ban it.