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Gay Rights Battle Focuses on Dayton, Tennessee 

Associate Press, May 5, 2004

DAYTON—Dayton, Tennessee, has become the focal point in the fight over gay unions. Competing gatherings are planned this week.

A courthouse march Friday is against same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Then Saturday, a “Gay Day” is expected to draw 3,000 people to a park for a picnic, games and entertainment.

County commissioners in Dayton ignited the debate March 16th when they passed a resolution calling for a ban on gays and an amendment to state law that would allow the county to charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

That resolution was rescinded just two days later after some commissioners said they misunderstood what they were doing.

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