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After marriage question, NC Legislature goes home

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh following a three-day session in which lawmakers agreed to put a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on next year's ballot.

The House and Senate adjourned Wednesday morning after finishing two bills that will be sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue. Both contained adjustments to laws approved earlier this year. The Republican-led Legislature approved the bill despite complaints by some Democrats about changes affecting community colleges and bail bondsmen.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger say their chambers remain at odds over another proposed constitutional amendment limiting how long legislative leaders can serve.

Lawmakers adjourned until Nov. 7 when they could take up legislation needed to respond to Hurricane Irene, as well as election laws or redistricting.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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