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For some Washington lobbyist the issue of same sex marriage is number one in just the first quarter of this year alone groups like the American Civil Liberties Union the Human Rights Campaign and the leadership conference on civil and human rights.
Contributing to the one and a half million dollar spent in lobbying for the senate version of the respect of marriage act.
Another one point three million dollar spent on the house version of that measure.
That would provide federal benefits for same sex couples but not compel individual states to recognize same sex marriage.
There is -- and a strong effort.
To put forth and measure that would take that -- of the defense of marriage act but in particular.
There has been a movement to really compelled the Republicans in the house.
To come around to get educated on this issue.
Roughly twelve million bucks was spent on but the house and senate versions of the respect for marriage act.
Tobacco lobbyist spending about seventeen million dollars that same year.
Gun control lobbyists spent 260000.
Experts saying unlike other issues though gay marriage seems to be gaining in popularity -- this is something that they really feel like.
There could be a groundswell of support to help passes.
Meantime GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney accusing President Obama trying to shift attention away from the economy with his big announcement this week.
Only time will tell the president's latest declaration will translate to even more votes come November.
When -- for sure the president is declaration of support for same sex marriage already giving his campaign a boost.
He raise fifteen million dollars at the home of George Clooney on Thursday night.
In New York Robert Gray Fox Business.
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