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Will acceptance of gays by high court influence rulings?

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A tall, hulking man in his late 70s, William Rehnquist, then chief justice of the United States, crawled down on all fours to say hello to the two little girls who had scurried under the table when he approached at a luncheon.

Democrats Set to Include Gay-Marriage Plank

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The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee has unanimously approved a plank that endorses same-sex marriage, likely making the recommendation part of a major-party platform for the first time, Democratic aides say.

For Some, Same-Sex Marriage Is Not Politics, It’s Personal

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Some of their best friends turned out to be gay. Or a daughter (Dick Cheney). Or a close pal (Jon M. Huntsman Jr.). Or a couple seated close by (the Maryland lawmaker Wade Kach). President Obama’s embrace of same-sex marriage rights last week instantly touched off speculation about the possible political implications, but that misses a more nuanced point.

Obama’s Switch on Same-Sex Marriage Stirs Skepticism

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Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.

From the Vault: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

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After President Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage last week, it has increasingly become a topic in the 2012 presidential election. In 2004 Congress considered a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Time Magazine; Gebe Martinez, The Houston Chronicle, Anne Kornblut, The Boston Globe; Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post.

After Obama’s Decision on Marriage, a Call to Pastors

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About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself. He had struggled with the decision, he said, but had come to believe it was the right one.

Romney Seeks Evangelical Votes; Opposes Gay Marriage

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Saturday to calm fears that his Mormon faith would be an obstacle to evangelical Christian voters, stressing shared conservative values while acknowledging religious differences.

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Mitt Romney deliveres the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. over the weekend (CNN)

May 11, 2012

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What’s the political fallout of President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage? Plus, longtime Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost his party's primary. What does that mean for moderate republicans and incumbents? Also, the double-agent al-Qaeda plotter. Joining Gwen: Major Garrett, National Journal; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine & CBS News; Susan Davis, USA Today; Pierre Thomas, ABC News.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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It doesn’t really matter whether the substance of what Joe Biden said last Sunday about gay marriage was so very different from what his boss, Barack Obama, had said about the subject in the past (and there’s good evidence that it was not). What matters is the way that Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, which made what Obama had said before—that his own views were “evolving”—look too cute by half.

Obama Campaign Pushes the Issue of Gay Marriage

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apologized to President Obama for hastening him into an endorsement of same-sex marriage, several people briefed on the exchange said Thursday, even as the White House sought to capitalize in the campaign on Mr. Obama’s long-awaited expression of support.