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On gay marriage, who will pay the price -- Obama or Romney?

On gay marriage, who will pay the price -- Obama or Romney?

Barack Obama has crossed the Rubicon and come to the defense of same-sex marriage. For him, it was a small step, since his is already the most pro-gay rights presidency in history, but it will have big political ramifications. The war is on. The line is drawn. Mitt Romney -- who, in another incarnation as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said he stood to the left of Teddy Kennedy on gay rights issues -- now is opposed not only to gay marriage but to civil unions. Any trace of limp-wristed accommodation with homosexuals is being drummed out of the Republican Party, and Mr. Romney wants to prove himself a good drum major. In state after state, Republicans are backing bills...

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