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Gay-marriage rivals see gains from Obama remarks

NEW YORK — From the left and the right, rival sides in the gay-marriage debate claimed they would reap Election Day benefits from President Barack Obama's long-awaited declaration that he supports same-sex couples' right to wed.

For some gays, however, the politics were secondary to an emotional embrace of what they viewed as history in the making.

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Jase Peeples watches a television broadcast of President Obama declaring his support of same-sex marriage Wednesday, at The Mix bar in San Francisco.

"Wow — that was wow," said Rodney Mondor of Portland, Maine, after hearing the...


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