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Franken lauds Obama’s gay marriage announcement

The president endorsed gay marriage on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Al Franken said he is proud of President Obama for endorsing gay marriage on Wednesday.

“It marks an important step for loving families across the country,” Franken said in a statement. “I’ve been married to my wife Franni for 37 years, and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. That’s why I’ve long believed that people should be able to enter into loving, committed marriages regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  And I’m glad the President agrees.”

Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage was the first ever by a sitting president, and a reversal of Obama’s years-old public position on the issue. Before today, Obama said he views were “evolving” and he’d denounced efforts to amend state constitutions to ban gay marriage (including in Minnesota), but he’d never gone so far as to support it.

Franken, meanwhile, has been an ardent supporter of gay marriage.

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