Prominent social conservatives are claiming that President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage could be the fuel Mitt Romney needs to unite the right in November.

Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate, is on record urging Romney to use this “potent weapon” against the president in the general election. And Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Sunday called the president’s announcement a “missing piece of intensity” for the presumptive GOP nominee.

Though gay marriage was not an issue that factored prominently into the 2012 election season until this past Wednesday, when Obama made his historic announcement, the clear distinction now between Obama and Romney has elevated the matter.

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