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Meet the plaintiffs who are fighting for same-sex marriage

Take a look at some of the plaintiffs who are challenging the 31 remaining bans on same-sex marriage.

When it comes to the national fight for marriage equality, the conversation can often revolve around numbers. There are 19 states where gay and lesbian couples can wed; 74 lawsuits in states where they can’t; 20 wins since last year’s DOMA ruling; 0 losses.

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It's not hard to see why the numbers grab us — they are impressive. But as we’re keeping count, what can sometimes get lost are the stories of real people on the front lines of this remarkable movement. Take a look at some of the plaintiffs who are challenging the 31 remaining bans on same-sex marriage.

Photo credits, from left to right: Courtesy of Cari Searcy/AP; Chris Shelden/AP; courtesy of Mason Hite and Christopher Devine; Danny Johnston/AP; courtesy of Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd; David Goldman/AP; Todd Dvorak/AP; Jeffrey D. Nicholls/Sun-Times Media/AP; courtesy of Roberta Woodrick and Julia Woodrick; Brett Barrouquere/AP; Janet McConnaughey/AP; Paul Sancya/AP; Orlin Wagner/AP; Nati Harnik/AP; Lambda Legal/File/AP; Russell Contreras/AP; courtesy of Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin; courtesy of Bernie Erickson and David Hamilton; Glenn Hartong/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP; Brennan Linsley/AP; Matt Rourke/AP; courtesy of Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn; Eric Gay/AP; Rick Bowmer/AP; Steve Helber/AP; John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal/AP