Gay-marriage foes scrambling after court setbacks

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Posted: Feb 15, 2014 10:47 AM by DAVID A. LIEB
Updated: Feb 15, 2014 10:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Gay marriage, congress, legislature, same-sex

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of America's most conservative states to accept gay nuptials.

Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill introduced in Congress that would leave states in charge of their marriage policies, though it stands little chance of passing. They're also endorsing bills in statehouses - some intended to protect gay-marriage bans, and others to assert a right, based on religious freedom, to have nothing to do with gay marriages.

Federal judges have voided part or all of the same-sex marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia. Each ruling has been stayed pending appeals, and a final nationwide resolution may be a few years away.

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