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Bill Banning Same-Sex Marriage Will Not Appear On N.C. Ballot

Posted June 30, 2004 12:09 p.m. EDT

— A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in North Carolina will not appear on the November ballot.

State Senate Republicans are two signatures short of forcing a vote that would send the bill to the Senate floor.

Two Durham men had sued for the right to get a marriage license.

Last month, District Judge Craig Brown dismissed a suit filed by Richard Mullinax and Perry Pike. The couple sued after the Durham County clerk's office denied them a marriage license.

Last week, they decided not to pursue the lawsuit right now because of financial reasons.