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By Susanna Capelouto, CNN
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - There are currently nine states in the U.S. which grant marriage equality, none of them in the South. As more and more Northern states accept same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples in the South are weighing their options.
Cameron Bridges decided to leave his native Georgia in December for Washington State, which approved same-sex marriage in November:
[:48] "More and more people are considering leaving areas that are not pro-marriage equality to areas that do have marriage equality," says Bridges.
Polls suggest that support for same sex-marriage is growing nationally, but regional differences are stark. A Pew study from last October found that New Englanders support same-sex marriage by 62 percent, while only 35 percent of people in Alabama and Arkansas support marriage equality. Organizations that fight same-sex marriage like the National Organization for Marriage don’t even worry about the region, because Southern states are so traditional:
[1:32] "They’re all pro-marriage territory," says NOM spokesman Thomas Peters. "You know gay marriage proponents will claim that gay marriage is inevitable, but all they’ve managed to do is pick up a few blue states."
But advocates for same-sex marriage are not deterred. Atlanta, which has one of the largest gay and lesbian populations in the country, issued a resolution in December supporting marriage equality. As a form of protest, the Campaign of Southern Equality is asking gay and lesbian couples in the South to go to courthouses and ask for a marriage license, even though they'll be denied.
Last week the Obama Administration issued a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case supporting same-sex marriage in California. Legally the President’s Argument right now pretty much leaves the issue up to the states. That position won't help same-sex couples in the South.