Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Evangelical christian groups are continuing their drive to convince West Virginia lawmakers to allow voters to define marriage in the state constitution.
The State Family Policy Council and the National Alliance Defense Fund both addressed a Tuesday meeting of a joint legislative committee studying the issue.
Council president Jeremy Dys said his group's polling found most voters define marriage as between a woman and a man.
But opponents questioned whether public opinion should determine minority rights.
A law professor said the state constitution's bill of rights has rarely been amended.
A 2000 state law rejects same-sex marriage.
Dys says a court challenge could overturn that.
Thirty states have constitutional bans.
Six allow same-sex marriage.
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