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Gay marriage controversy in the US

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Maine has become the latest US state to endorse gay marriage but gay rights campaigners face an uphill battle to have civil unions accepted across the country.

A ban on gay marriage has recently been upheld in California, while national law decrees marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

Philippa Thomas reports from Maine.

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