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Debate on gay marriage at UNC at noon today

Two senior lawmakers will face each other in a debate at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Law School today, to discuss the state legislature’s move to try to amend the state’s Constitution by banning gay marriage.

Speaking will be state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, the Republican Majority Leader and chief proponent of the amendment, and state Rep. Rick Glazier, a Cumberland County Democrat who spoke emphatically against the proposal when it was on the floor of the Legislature last week.

The debate comes a week after the N.C. General Assembly agreed to let the proposal appear on the ballot during the May presidential primaries.

It’s also a day after the U.S. military successfully repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with little fanfare or controversy. North Carolina has one of the largest military populations in the country, with five military bases including the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg in Fayetteville and Camp LeJeune, the large Marine base in Jacksonville.

N.C. Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska will be at today’s UNC debate, and you can follow her updates through Twitter at @SarahOvaska or check back after the debate at ncpolicywatch.com.

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