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In gay marriage debate, NC unique among South

RALEIGH, NC (AP) Depending on whom you ask, North Carolina is either out of step with its neighbors or ahead of the pack when it comes to the issue of gay marriage.

From Texas to Virginia, the Tar Heel State is alone in the South for not having a constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage. A question before voters on May 8 seeks to change that.

Supporters of the measure say the only reason it hasn't happened here is because Democrats who controlled the legislature until 2010 didn't want such an amendment.

But opponents of the amendment say North Carolina has a history of going against prevailing political currents in the South, especially during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

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