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Published June 26, 2013, 02:05 PM

Gay marriage ruling receives mixed reaction in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A gay couple from Fargo planning to get married in Minnesota this summer is celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that should provide federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A gay couple from Fargo planning to get married in Minnesota this summer is celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that should provide federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

But they and others who are on both sides of the issue don't expect the decision to change North Dakota's stance against gay marriage.

Fargo's Lenny Tweeden, who plans to marry Wayne Rosell in August, calls the ruling a victory, but says he's "not expecting a difference" in attitudes among most state residents.

Seventy-three percent of North Dakota voters in 2004 approved a law against same-sex marriage.

Christopher Dodson, a spokesman for the North Dakota Catholic Conference, says the ruling is part of a "trend we're concerned about," but says the state law is on solid legal footing.

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