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Senate takes up gay-rights ban amid criticism

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Opponents said the measure was a transparent attempt to shore up support among social conservatives before November's congressional election, in a similar manner to the 2004 presidential campaign, when Congress should be dealing with issues like high gasoline prices and the war in Iraq. "The reason for this debate is to divide our society, to pit one against another," Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said.

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