States across the country in the last three
weeks started moving toward allowing same-sex couples to marry, while
North Carolina is looking to catch a wave that crested eight years ago
by asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex
marriage and civil unions.
Six states and Washington, D.C., now
allow same-sex marriage. The Washington state legislature passed a law
earlier this month making it the seventh state. The Maryland legislature
is expected to send a bill allowing same-sex marriage to the governor
by the end of this week. In both states, opponents have said they will
push for a voter referendum.
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