Gay rights group representatives return to legislature after same-sex marriage legalized in NC

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.

A lot has happened the state's leading gay rights group held its formal lobbying day at the General Assembly last year.

Gay rights activists have been heartened since October court rulings legalized same-sex marriage in North Carolina, although the U.S. Supreme Court is now examining whether gay couples have the right to marry.

Now North Carolina activists are returning Tuesday to try to stop a bill that allows magistrates and some court clerks to refuse marriage duties because of religious beliefs. They're also concerned about "religious freedom" legislation, although House Speaker Tim Moore said the idea was dead in his chamber this year.

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