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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Battle Over Gay Marriage Ban in Georgia
Michael Christopher Bryan

Conservatives and gay-rights activists say they are preparing for the next fight over a Georgia amendment designed to ban same-sex marriage in the state when the issue comes before voters in November.

Although Georgia already bans gay marriage, supporters of a constitutional ban say they fear judges could overturn the current prohibition, so the law needs constitutional protection. Gay rights supporters say the proposed amendment is an attempt by antigay groups to make discrimination constitutional.

The first series of arguments ended March 31 when the legislature gave final approval to put the proposed ban on the Nov. 2 ballot, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

But both sides say they believe a lot can happen to change voters minds between now and November, so energies and monies are being strategically placed to get voters out and sway people already registered to vote.


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