A labor activist who supports gay marriage says she was "doing the touchdown dance" in her Lansing law office after President Barack Obama declared his support for gay marriage.
Cynthia Paul is vice president of Pride at Work Michigan, a lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender advocacy group within the AFL-CIO. She says her personal view is that Obama's words will bring out some Michigan supporters who otherwise might have skipped the election.
Democratic and Republican consultants said Wednesday the issues basically remain unchanged for Michigan voters: Democrats like Obama because he backed a federal bailout for General Motors and Chrysler, and Republicans dislike what they consider his poor record on economic recovery and federal debt.
In 2004, 59 percent of Michigan voters passed a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to a man and a woman.