Another factor has been tossed into the presidential race for 2012: gay marriage.
President Obama said Wednesday that he favors gay marriage. And the fact is, it already is legal in six states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia.
Should gay marriages be recognized by the U.S. government? By the state of Georgia? Tell us in the comments below.
"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama said in a television interview with ABC. "At a certain point I've just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
And the president's stance got some instant approval on social-media giant Twitter, according to Mashable.com.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act explicitly bars federal recognition of such marriages.
And presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reiterated his stance against gay marriage. Ironically, Romney's home state of Massachusetts is one state that recognizes same-sex marriages.
"Well, when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name," the former Massachusetts governor said.
It's a divisive issue almost everywhere, including Suwanee, Gwinnett County, and the state of Georgia. So now we ask? How do you feel about same-sex marriages? Tell us in the comments below.