Gay Marriage Ban Winning Approval From Voters

Nashville (AP) -- Preliminary voting results show that a majority of Tennessee voters were in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Tennessee law already defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but with the passage of the amendment, political analysts say gay marriage is not likely to ever become legal in the state.

Tennessee's Constitution says that any proposed amendment has to win a supermajority that equals more than half the voters in the gubernatorial election.

With 70 percent of precincts reporting across the state, the margin of voters approving the ban exceeded more than half the ballots cast so far in the governor's race.

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