News roundup: How Obama's new gay marriage stance plays with black voters, swing states
Published: May 10, 2012 07:19AM
Updated: May 10, 2012 07:18AM
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President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, May, 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The political impacts of Obama's new gay marriage stance. Indiana's Mourdock wants to be like Mike Lee. DeChristopher appeals his conviction.

Happy Thursday. For the first time, a sitting U.S. president has announced his support for the legalization of gay marriage. President Barack Obama explained his change of position in an exclusive with ABC News, a move that is likely to have some major political ramifications.

"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," Obama said. [ABCNews]

-> Gay couples in Utah like Obama's stance, even if they acknowledge it won't change the playing field. [Trib]

-> Check out what Utahns were saying on Twitter about the president's comments. [Storify]

-> Take a look at the political pluses and minuses of Obama's new gay marriage stance. [WaPost] [NYTimes] And where are black voters? [Politico]

-> Mitt Romney restated his opposition to gay marriage, but calls it a "tender and sensitive" topic. [MSNBC] [ABCNews] [CBSNews] [NYTimes]

-> And, next door to Utah, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is seeking a special session to address civil unions. [NYTimes]

Topping the news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz complains that TSA has stockpiled security equipment that it's not even sure works. [Politico]

-> Tim DeChristopher, the environmental activist imprisoned for making bogus bids on oil and gas leases, appeals his conviction. [APviaNYTimes]

Happy Birthday: to state Rep. Lynn Hemingway and Aimee Winder Newton. And a belated happy birthday to Liddy Huntsman and The Daily Herald of Provo's Billy Hesterman.

Raising funds: Mia Love continues her trip to Washington, D.C., with a fundraiser this evening sponsored by Utah's four Republicans, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz.

A painful day: The Salt Lake Tribune laid off nine newsroom employees because of declining advertising revenue and circulation. We wish these reporters and copy editors — our friends — the best as they seek new employment. [Trib] [AP via Herald] Read Trib Editor Nancy Conway's email to the staff. [Romenesko]

Tweets of the Day: From @StuPolitics: "Obvious poll question of the day: Anyone actually doubt Obama was for same sex marriage before he announced it?"

From @markknoller: "No dispute at the WH that Pres Obama's hand was forced by VP Biden's statement Sunday on gay marriage."

From @daveweigel: "Okay, Biden. Now say something about decriminalizing pot."

From @HuntsmanAbby: "Obama follows GOPers Cheney, Schwarzenegger, & Mehlman in support of gay marriage. Maybe the two parties aren't as far apart as people think"

In other news: Salt Lake officials and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood break ground on the Sugar House streetcar project. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hires a U. law professor to enforce rules in western states. [Trib]

-> Richard Mourdock, who beat Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana, said he would try to model himself off of Sen. Mike Lee if he wins in November. [NatJournal]

-> Why Sen. Orrin Hatch isn't feeling the same heat that Lugar felt? Because campaigning makes a difference. [Hotline]

-> Lugar's loss means Hatch won the seniority feud that they have been waging for years. [WaPost]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett warns that the tea party shouldn't get too much credit for Lugar's loss. [USAToday]

-> Peg McEntee says Obama took a courageous stand on gay marriage. [Trib]

2012 Watch: Did VP Joe Biden force Obama's hand on gay marriage? [Politico]

-> You thought The Avengers was a Hollywood moneymaker? The Obama campaign is also cashing in on Tinseltown. [NYTimes]

-> Romney goes after Obama's energy policy among the oil rigs in Colorado. [Bloomberg]

-> Federal contractors have given more than $1 million to Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting Romney. And those donations could violate the law, prompting the super PAC to warn donors to seek legal advice before sending in the cash. [Philly]

-> Ann Romney writes an Op-Ed for Mother's Day and said she never held a baby until her first son was born, but learned on the job. "I was a good mom because my own mom was the best." [USAToday]

-> Democrats are optimistic they can retain control of the Senate and Lugar's loss helps. [WaPost]

-> Biden makes an appearance on Jeopardy! [DailyCaller]

Where are they?

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-- Matt Canham and Robert Gehrke
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