Pelosi: Gay marriage more important than elections

Associated Press Published: May 10, 2012
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated that President Obama's support for gay marriage is worth any electoral reversals that Democratic Party might sustain as a result.

"The statement that the president made was something that was the right thing to do for the country; it filled my heart with joy," Pelosi told reporters today. "We come here to do a job for the American people, not to hold a job . . . It's more important than any political consequences."

Pelosi would not discuss whether Obama would lose support among black voters. "The day after the president made a statement that was so historic, so important about who we are as Americans -- it's hard for me to adjust to a place where [she can do political analysis]," she said, before adding "we can't say, 'well, we would have done a good thing but can't do it because we'll lose votes if we do.'"

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