Obama still wrestling with gay marriage question

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is still wrestling with whether gay couples should have the right to marry, now that a new law will allow them to serve openly in combat.

The question came just hours after he signed landmark legislation repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. The law ends the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forced gays to hide their sexual orientation or face dismissal.

Obama says his feelings on the gay marriage issue continue to evolve but he still believes in allowing strong civil unions that provide certain protections and legal rights that married couples have.