Emboldened, gay marriage activists eye 50 states

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Tanya Struble looks at Therese Councilor during their wedding. The couple has been together for 23 years, they got married Saturday at a hot springs in Jemez Springs, N.M. They are one of the couples in a lawsuit to try to legalize gay marriage in New Mexico. Photo by Steven St John, courtesy USA Today

Tanya Struble looks at Therese Councilor during their wedding. The couple has been together for 23 years, they got married Saturday at a hot springs in Jemez Springs, N.M. They are one of the couples in a lawsuit to try to legalize gay marriage in New Mexico. Photo by Steven St John, courtesy USA Today

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(RNS) Since June, couples have filed 23 lawsuits to end bans in 21 states; governors and state attorneys general in at least three states have refused to defend their state bans in court; and county clerks in four states have issued marriage licenses to gay couples despite laws against it.