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Gay marriage debate expands across state

Both sides are ramping up their efforts and say they're finding more and more support for their positions as the vote on a Constitutional amendment approaches.
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Both sides are ramping up their efforts and say they're finding more and more support for their positions as the vote on a Constitutional amendment approaches.

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