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President's same-sex marriage support could influence NC voters in Nov.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Less than 24 hours after North Carolina voters passed a marriage amendment making marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in the state, President Barack Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage.

"I think same sex couples should be able to get married," said President Obama in an interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

The message may not be surprising, but what about the timing?

"I think it was bad timing," said Charlotte resident and gay marriage supporter Will Williams. "He's going to lose a lot of votes."

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, a politics professor at Catawba College, doesn't necessarily agree that the President's new stance will hurt him in North Carolina during the November election.

"Minds are already made up," said Bitzer.

Bitzer says the President's announcement is about mobilizing the gay community.

"He really needs not only their votes but also their money, in terms of donations, and so certainly it was kind of a calculated risk," said Bitzer.

The risk is potentially losing some undecided voters who agree with Mitt Romney's stance on the issue.

"Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman," Romney reiterated in a Wednesday interview.

Bitzer says Obama's open support of gay marriage could turn off some black voters in North Carolina who came out to the polls to support Obama in 2008.

"This may be a little bit of a dent in that, but certainly I don't see black North Carolinians necessarily voting for Mitt Romney," said Bitzer.

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