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Obama backs same-sex marriage while Romney still opposed

President Barack Obama backed same-sex marriage on Wednesday while Republican rival Mitt Romney said he remains opposed.

Obama previously was against same-sex marriage. But he said his views have evolved over the past few years, noting that civil unions do not offer the same benefits as marriage.

Romney, on the other hand, said he opposes same-sex marriage. He also said he is against civil unions because he believes they are similar to marriage.

In Indian Country, the Suquamish Tribe of Washington and the Coquille Tribe of Oregon have recognized same-sex marriage. The Navajo Nation and the Cherokee Nation, the two largest tribes, have outlawed it.

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Obama endorses gay marriage, says same-sex couples should have right to wed (The Washington Post 5/10)
Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal (The New York Times 5/10)
Romney Reaffirms Opposition to Marriage, or Unions, for Gay Couples (The New York Times 5/10)

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