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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