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On Thursday, October 25, 2012, US President Barack Obama endorsed a same-sex marriage referendum in the Washington state ballot. He also came out with a formal endorsement of a similar measure in the ballot in Maine and in Maryland. Earlier in May, the American president had announced his support to gay marriages in Minnesota. The president's support imparted new vigor to the campaign in favor of Washington's Referendum 74. President Obama won the hearts of millions from the LGBT community with his support of gay marriages. The president had earlier in May lent his support to gay marriages in North Carolina but the legalization of same-sex marriage was defeated by voters in the state. In an election year, experts remain convinced that this translated into a good number of votes too. President Obama is one of the few heads of state who have come out to openly support gay marriages.

A statement issued by Paul Bell, the Washington press secretary for Obama's re-election campaign said, "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote approving Referendum 74."

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