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Obama supports Nov 6 ballots to legalize gay marriage

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Obama supports Nov 6 ballots to legalize gay marriage

BY NATASHA BARSOTTI — As the final days of campaigning in the US election wind down, President Barack Obama has signalled his support for Nov 6 ballot measures in Washington State, Maryland and Maine that would legalize same-sex marriage, The Washington Post reports.

The endorsements were issued through the state branches of Obama's reelection campaign.

Obama, who voiced his support for same-sex marriage in May, had not specifically endorsed the three measures previously, The Post notes. "If any of the measures are approved, it would be the first time that a state legalized same-sex marriage through a popular vote," the report states. The 32 states that have so far voted on gay marriage have rejected it, while the six states that have legalized it did so through legislation or the courts.

The result of the three ballots is expected to be close, but polls indicate that gay marriage supporters now have a slight edge.

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