In a joint appearance at a church in California, presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain both declared their opposition to marriage rights for gays and lesbians. While Obama stated that he opposes a federal ban on same-sex marriage, McCain indicated he would support a constitutional ban if states were required to recognize such marriages from other states as a result of a judicial ruling. Obama said he opposes a federal prohibition, but did say he believes "that marriage is the union between a man and a woman."

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