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Gays Vow to Fight for Same-Sex Marriage, Despite New Bans

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Gay rights activists say they will keep fighting for same-sex marriage, despite the recent passage of constitutional bans in 13 states.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is holding its national conference in St. Louis through Sunday. It's the largest such organization in the country.

Executive director Matt Foreman says the movement needs more grass-roots activism to support the courtroom battles.

"We need to face up to the fact that the legal strategy for marriage equality is and has been at least ten years ahead of our political and public education strategy," Foreman said.

Foreman said the overwhelming margins by which state gay marriage bans passed is discouraging. But exit poll data show that Americans are not as anti-gay as the votes suggest.

Missouri passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage in August. Louisiana followed in September, as did 11 other states last week.

KWMU's Matt Sepic prepared a report about the conference, which aired on NPR's All Things Considered on Saturday. To hear that story, click here.

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