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File photo of a protest rally. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — The largest annual gathering of left-leaning and civil rights groups in North Carolina is pushing for liberal causes ahead of a big election year.

Supporters expect thousands to gather in downtown Raleigh on Saturday to demand well-funded schools, jobs and better wages for working families, and the end of the death penalty.

This year’s rally will add a new issue to its list of causes: opposing a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is already prohibited by statute in North Carolina, but the state is the only one in the southeast without a constitutional amendment prohibiting such unions.

Voters will decide that constitutional amendment in May, during their own GOP presidential primary.

The annual rally starts with a march from historically black Shaw University to the North Carolina General Assembly on Raleigh’s Jones Street.

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