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Their candidate doesn’t support gay marriage, but that didn’t stop proponents from collecting 500 petition signatures at the region’s Barack Obama kick-off rally.

Staffers and volunteers with Love Makes a Family were out in force Saturday at the New Haven area’s rousing kick-off for the Barack Obama fall presidential campaign. The event, sponsored by the state Democratic Party, featured speeches by U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd and U.S. Congressional representatives from across the state.

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