President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday has ensured social issues will be in the forefront during the upcoming election.
Obama's support of gay marriage in no way effects a states rights to accept or ban gay marriage, which the president agrees should remain up to each individual state. Still, he is the first president to ever say he personally agrees with the practice. Political experts say it was a move to help increase the youth vote, which largely supports gay marriage. However the decision to openly support the issue could cost the president in key battleground states like Ohio.
Even with the controversy, some experts believe gay marriage will play little to no role when it comes time to vote because most American's top concern is the economy.