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Gay marriage arguments ring a bell in Cincinnati

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(AP Photo/Al Behrman). In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati city councilman Chris Seelbach at a council meeting in Cincinatti. (AP Photo/Al Behrman). In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati city councilman Chris Seelbach at a council meeting in Cincinatti.
(AP Photo/Al Behrman). In this Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 file photo, in Cincinnati, supporters of Issue 3 cheer as early voting results showed voters were going to throw out the city's 11-year-old ban on gay rights laws. (AP Photo/Al Behrman). In this Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 file photo, in Cincinnati, supporters of Issue 3 cheer as early voting results showed voters were going to throw out the city's 11-year-old ban on gay rights laws.
(AP Photo/Tom Uhlman). This photo made Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, shows conservative activist Phil Burress, of Citizens for Community Values (CCV), posing in his Cincinnnati office. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman). This photo made Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, shows conservative activist Phil Burress, of Citizens for Community Values (CCV), posing in his Cincinnnati office.
CINCINNATI - The city where same-sex marriage will be argued this week before federal appeals judges has been the scene before of heated debate over gay rights.
    
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear challenges Wednesday in downtown Cincinnati about the constitutionality of marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The cases are expected to attract packed courtrooms, with demonstrations and rallies also planned by groups on both sides of the issue.
    
To Chris Seelbach the legal challenges to Ohio's statewide ban mark another milestone for Cincinnati. He campaigned in 2004 for the successful effort to repeal a city measure that prohibited the protection of people from discrimination in housing, employment and other matters based on sexual orientation. In 2011, he was elected the city's first openly gay councilman.

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