U.S. President Barack Obama announces the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in the briefing room of the White House in Washington October 21, 2011. Obama on Friday said the United States will fulfill its promise by pulling troops out of Iraq by year-end. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) -- President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage has emboldened activists and politicians on both sides of the issue.
It has set off a flurry of political activity in a number of states and is serving as a rallying point in at least four states where gay marriage votes are being held this fall.
Those states include Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
In Maine, supporters and opponents of a November referendum seeking to legalize same-sex marriage say Obama’s declaration has motivated their bases of support.
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