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Obama on Gay Marriage

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Obama on Gay Marriage

Obama changed his position on gay marriage yesterday and we updated his position to "Yes, gay marriage should be allowed in the U.S." Obama did not say if his administration would sponsor any legislation allowing gay marriage but his pivot on this position was seen as a watershed moment for the issue.

After this news broke Mitt Romney reaffirmed his position "I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name" (in the U.S. civil unions are a legal form of partnership recognized by individual states but not by the federal government.)

Ron Paul and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson have both stated that they believe gay marriage is a strictly religious issue and that the federal and state government should have no involvement.

Buddy Roemer has stated that if elected president he would enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman).

Republican candidate Fred Karger, Green Party candidate Kent Mesplay and The Rent is to Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan all support gay marriage.

Which presidential candidate do you side with on Gay Marriage? Find out with our 2012 presidential election quiz.

Also, see our breakdown of Obama vs Romney on gay marriage and social issues.