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May 9, 2012 David Peters, right, and Luke Whited, a gay couple who are joined in a civil union in their home state of Illinois, pose for the camera prior to being interviewed about President Obama's statement of support of gay marriage, in New Orleans. Ending months of equivocation, Obama declared his support for gay marriage, the first U.S. president to do so. His announcement, a day after North Carolina conservatives turned out in force to vote to strengthen the state's gay marriage ban, injects a potentially polarizing issue into the 2012 race for the White House. Gerald Herbert/AP Buy Photo