Seattle crowds greet Obama during fundraising trip



SEATTLE (AP) — People lined the streets near a Seattle waterfront home and a downtown theater as President Barack Obama was in Washington’s largest city for fundraisers. Several people waved signs thanking the president for his new support for gay marriage.

Obama was in Seattle Thursday for two fundraisers – one at a home in the Madrona neighborhood the other at the Paramount Theatre. Obama’s Seattle visit was his first trip following his announcement Wednesday that he supported the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Gay marriage will likely be an issue for Washington voters in November. Earlier this year the Legislature approved gay marriage. Opponents of the new law said this week they have more than half of the signatures they need to qualify a proposed referendum seeking to overturn it.