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Same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry

Barack Obama's secretary of education, Arne Duncan, has become the latest administration official to declare support for same-sex marriage, going beyond the president's "evolving" views on the issue. Asked on MSNBC's Morning Joe show on Monday whether he thought same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, he said: "Yes I do."

Duncan's endorsement comes after the vice-president, Joe Biden, became the highest-ranking government official to back same-sex marriage on Sunday, telling Meet the Press he was "absolutely comfortable" with the issue. Obama has appeared reluctant to take up the issue in an election year but has said his views are "evolving" on the subject.

The comments by Biden and Duncan opened up speculation that the White House is moving towards a new position of support for gay marriage, beyond its already stated backing for civil unions. But Obama's main political strategist played down the prospect of an imminent shift.

Source: Adam Gabbatt & Ewen MacAskill in The Guardian (UK) , May 7, 2012

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