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Some Republicans who identified their top concern as fiscal issues said after voting Tuesday that they accepted gay marriage, as did many younger Republicans.

“I am pro-gay marriage,” said Hannah Risinger, a 19-year-old Drake University student, after she voted for Mitt Romney and Judge Wiggins. “I know that it’s legal here in Iowa, and I’m hoping that will spread.”

University of Iowa political scientist Tim Hagle said he believed gay marriage would be safe for the foreseeable future. Since the ruling, more than 4,500 gay and lesbian couples have wed in Iowa.

“People are getting used to it,” he said. “It has basically become the new normal.”