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Cooper is keynote speaker at NC gay rights event

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina's leading gay rights advocacy group is expecting a record crowd at its annual fundraising event, which features a recently announced supporter of gay marriage.
    
Attorney General Roy Cooper planned to deliver Saturday night's keynote address at the Equality North Carolina Foundation Gala in Greensboro. The group plans for more than 400 guests.
    
Cooper said last month that he supported marriage equality in North Carolina.
    
Voters in May 2012 approved a referendum reinforcing North Carolina's prohibition of gay marriage. Cooper's office is defending the state against a lawsuit that seeks to declare the ban unconstitutional. Cooper has said he can represent the state effectively in the lawsuit, even while he's personally opposed to the ban.
    
Cooper is planning for a run for the 2016 Democratic nomination for governor.

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