Will Obama's announcement affect the Q-C's vote?

Posted Online: May 09, 2012, 9:19 pm
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President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that he supports gay marriage prompted The Dispatch/The Rock Island Argus to ask a sampling of Quad-Citians in Rock Island how his decision would affect their vote in November, if at all.

Here's what we heard:

Heather Trask, of Rock Island: "That's not the main reason I'd vote for him, but I'm for that." She also said she's a President Obama supporter for many reasons.

Chifonn Jenkins, of Rock Island: "I don't approve of it." She added, however, that President Obama's announcement won't affect her vote one way or the other.

Cynthia Fender
, of East Moline: "To me it's a social issue, and therefore it won't affect my vote. However, I'm sure it will affect some of the religious people's votes." She said she doesn't believe someone's sexual orientation should affect their rights.

Amanda Kriegl, of Belvidere, Ill.: "I think that it will affect my vote. My vote is leaned more towards voting for him." The Augustana College student added that, while gay marriage is "technically" against her religion, she believes people should be able to "marry who they love."

Ian Jorgensen, of Chicago, an Augustana student: "Personally, I am a Democrat, and so I'm always up for change, supportive of new ideas. … I am supportive of the gay community. I'm fully for this idea. I was always going to vote Democratic."

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