Lobbying in progress on NC gay marriage amendment

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    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Behind the scenes lobbying is gearing up as
    the North Carolina Legislature considers next month whether to put
    a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on next year’s
    ballot.

    The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Monday
    that campaigns over the proposed constitutional
    ban include petitions, pulpit messages, rallies,
    billboards and phone banks.

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    State lawmakers return to Raleigh next month for a session to
    consider a constitutional amendment banning the union of two people
    of the same sex. It’s already illegal for same-sex couples to marry
    in North Carolina. The proposal would let voters decide whether to
    amend the state constitution to state that marriage between a man
    and a woman is the only domestic valid legal union recognized in
    the state.

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