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May 10, 2012 6:58 PM

Obama's announcement draws mixed reaction

TUCSON - President Obama says he supports gay marriage. The first sitting president to do so, the announcement has some questioning whether or not Mr. Obama believes in marriage equality or said so because it's an election year.

Annie Bank, who supports President Obama, said it's time the United States stood behind the equality of all people.

"I think that most people really are realizing that it's a lot more fair to have gay marriage legalized," she said. "That everyone deserves the same rights. And that we're America and that's what we support."

Polls show the controversy surrounding same sex marriage continues to divide Americans. Greg Jaroch, who is visiting Tucson from Chicago, said he thinks President Obama may have other motives in making his announcement.

"I think he's trying to get votes," he said. "I think, you know it's an election year he's trying to muster up as many votes as he can."

President Obama is not alone in his decision. Earlier this week Vice President Joe Biden announced he was comfortable with gay marriage.

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