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NC gov's exit shakes up vote on gay marriage ban
NC Gov. Beverly Perdue's withdrawal from race shakes up prospects for gay marriage ban
By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ' Something unexpected happened on the way to North Carolina's vote this May on banning same-sex marriage.

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue unexpectedly announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election. That means more Democrats could turn out to the polls for the May 8 primary to pick a new candidate for governor.

Before that, mostly Republicans were expected to show up to pick their candidates for governor and president. They were expected to approve the ban.

If approved, the constitutional amendment would make North Carolina the last state in the Southeast to ban gay marriage.

Now supporters of gay rights hope that an influx of Democratic voters could defeat the ban.

Opponents of gay marriage say they have the victory sewn up anyway and it won't make much of a difference.

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