Clinton joins other Dems in backing gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's embrace of gay marriage suggests she is weighing a 2016 presidential run and trying

to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid.

Her chief Democratic rivals endorsed

same-sex marriage as much as seven years ago. The position is widely

supported by Democratic

and independent voters.

Clinton's move may render the issue largely settled among Democrats in 2016 if she decides to run. But things could be vastly

different in the November 2016 general election.

The Democratic nominee is virtually certain to support same-sex marriage while there's a strong possibility the Republican

nominee will not.

That could be a problem for the GOP. A new poll finds that 58 percent of Americans support gay marriage.