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Obama stance adds fuel in marriage battlegrounds

Obama's support for gay marriage emboldens activists, politicians in battleground states By The Associated Press

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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