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May 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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Where does Obama's gay-marriage pivot leave Rob McKenna?

President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage Wednesday takes away one of Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna's talking points on the issue.

When questioned on his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage, McKenna and his allies have frequently compared his views to the president's public position -- essentially using Obama's postion as a shield to make Democratic criticism look hypocritical.

In January, for example, McKenna told The Olympian's Brad Shannon that same-sex couples ought to have "all of the rights" of married couples, but said his religious faith made it difficult for him to back gay marriage.

"I mean, this is all fairly new still, our society is still moving - as our president said, evolving. But at this point my position is the same as Barack Obama's as far as I can tell..." McKenna told Shannon.

Obama's announcement Wednesday means that's no longer true.

Democrat Jay Inslee, McKenna's gubernatorial rival, enthusiastically endorsed gay marriage last year when he entered the race. Republican Reagan Dunn, the GOP's leading candidate to succeed McKenna as Attorney General, has also backed same-sex marriage.

So might McKenna also "evolve" on the issue? What does he make of the president's announcement?

As of Wednesday afternoon, the McKenna campaign said he had no new comments to make on the subject.


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