FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, members of a crowd hold signs during a rally in support of a state constitutional amendment recognizing marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union, on Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months of 2012 on an issue that evenly divides Americans. It's an election year subplot sure to stir up heated emotions - even beyond the confines of North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, members of a crowd hold signs during a rally in support of a state constitutional amendment recognizing marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union, on Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months of 2012 on an issue that evenly divides Americans. It's an election year subplot sure to stir up heated emotions - even beyond the confines of North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, members of a crowd hold signs during a rally in support of a state constitutional amendment recognizing marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union, on Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months of 2012 on an issue that evenly divides Americans. It's an election year subplot sure to stir up heated emotions - even beyond the confines of North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)
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