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Sun. 5:04pm: How will gay marriage play on the ground?

May 13, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) - Obama's declaration in support of gay marriage is undoubtedly a milestone in American politics and culture. But six months from an election that will decide whether the president keeps his job, a question hovers over the moment: Was it, somehow, a game-changer?

Voters in Ohio, a state where the election could be won or lost, have been considering that question. And their reflections reveal something far more pragmatic than an electorate that shifts its views for the headline of the day, no matter how historic.

Four Democrats and four Republicans in a swing county of a swing state pondered what would make the difference on Election Day to them, to their state and maybe even to the nation. Almost in unison they had an answer: "The economy."



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