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Latinos Respond to Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

Posted: May 10, 2012

 
NEW YORK -- In a move that could change how Latinos vote in the 2012 Presidential election, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to announce his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, revising his longstanding position on the issue.

For gay and lesbian Latinos, the announcement was long overdue.

"The President has been in the closet, and he finally came out," said Andrés Duque, an Obama supporter and Latino LGBT Rights advocate and blogger.

"A lot of us feel his heart was always in the right place."

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Herndon Graddick said in a press release that, "The arc of history today bent a little closer to equality for every American."

"Today, President Obama added his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who believe that all loving and committed couples should share equally in the freedom to marry," said Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry.

Gay marriage opponents, including Latino evangelicals, viewed the announcement as offensive to their religious views.

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