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Obama Heads To New York Under Pressure On Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON — Talk about timing.

President Barack Obama scheduled a fundraiser in New York City on Thursday for gay supporters – his first as president – just as the state Legislature maneuvered toward of a historic vote legalizing gay marriage. Although the outcome was uncertain, the vote could occur hours before Obama’s event.

Whatever the result, there’s a spotlight on Obama’s failure to endorse gay marriage.

Activists say Obama got off to a slow start on their priority issues. But he won many over by repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military and by instructing the Justice Department to stop defending in court a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

But he endorses civil unions, not marriages, for gay and lesbian couples. He says his views on the issue are evolving, as are the country’s.

White House officials say not to expect any new stance from Obama at the Thursday evening event, where as many as 600 guests were paying up to $35,800 each to attend.

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