Marriage issue bedevils Obama campaign

04/10/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

With national Democrats facing growing pressure to embrace marriage equality in the party platform, officials in the Obama campaign must weigh the political costs and benefits of having their candidate back the effort. Groups pushing Obama to change his position toward favoring marriage rights believe he has nothing to lose in doing so; political advisers worry such a move could alienate church-going African-Americans, as pastors at black churches have recently spoken out against marriage equality.

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