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Bruising gay-marriage showdowns likely in 5 states

A face-off is set as 5 states take the issue to voters

Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months on an issue that evenly divides Americans.

It is an election-year subplot sure to stir heated emotions - even beyond North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, and Washington state. National advocacy groups will be deeply engaged, and advertising is likely to surface from each side.

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