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Marriage Amendment opponents make plans following vote

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RALEIGH — Those who fought against the now-passed Marriage Amendment are looking to regroup and move forward.
The LGBT community is calling the ban on gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships a “temporary setback.” Although no one knows yet exactly what its effects will be, its purpose is to ban same-sex marriage (which was already illegal in our state), and ban civil unions and domestic partnerships.

"It makes me wonder frankly, why do I pay taxes here? You know, I contribute in a lot of ways, my partner's a farmer; she helps create food," said Caitlin Breedlove.

First, those against the amendment say they will explore phrases within the amendment.

"Constitutional lawyers like at the ACLU are going to have to figure out what domestic legal union means, so there are a number of ways to explore this inquiry and until we know what that means we're not going to make any announcements about litigation,” said ACLU Executive Director Jennifer Rudinger.

Later this month, the organization “Equality of North Carolina” will be announcing a series of meetings across the state for residents to express grief in a constructive way and brainstorm ways to fight for equal rights. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP