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Published January 16, 2014, 09:49 AM

ND advocates buoyed by gay marriage rulings

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo lawmaker says federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may prompt challenges to North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo lawmaker says federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may prompt challenges to North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Democratic Rep. Joshua Boschee (boh-SHAY') is the first openly gay person elected to the North Dakota Legislature. He says a federal court decision in Oklahoma and one in Utah, resulting in those states' bans being struck down, may spur lawsuits in North Dakota.

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that bans same-sex marriages and defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Boschee says he does not know of any pending lawsuits but he knows people who have expressed interest in challenging North Dakota law.


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