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ACLU to challenge North Carolina's gay marriage ban

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it wants to challenge North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages by asking the state Attorney General to allow the group to amend an existing case on second-parent adoptions.

The announcement came less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage remains. More on the lawsuit here.

At the same time, a national group outlined a strategy to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in numerous states -- possibly including North Carolina by 2015-2016.

Freedom to Marry's organizers issued what htey are calling a 30-month roadmap to victory with a $500,000 initial investment.

"Under (campaign director Richard) Carlbom’s direction, Freedom to Marry is working to win four states by 2013/2014 – Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon – and laying the groundwork to win at least six more states by 2015-2016 (some mix of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia)," the group said in an announcement. It acknowledged that circumstances could change but added that it would assist in legal challenges, too.

It would take a statewide referendum to overturn North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage and a change in state law that also forbids it.

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