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    Posted: 5/12/2012 11:15:45 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 9, 2012, file photo Jase Peeples watches as President Obama announcing his support of same-sex marriage via television at The Mix bar in San Francisco. For years gay-marriage and abortion have been lumped together as the paramount wedge issues of U.S. politics. Yet these two divisive issues, prominent as ever this election season and still firing up the liberal and conservative bases of the two major parties, are evolving in intriguingly different ways. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)