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Minnesotans United is the campaign that successfully won the freedom to marry for all loving and committed Minnesota couples in 2013.

On May 14, 2013,on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton officially signed the freedom to marry into law, surrounded by legislators, families, and more than 6,000 Minnesotans.

Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012 and led the effort at the Capitol to secure the freedom to marry in 2013, released the following statement on this historic day:

“Today would never have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who believe that freedom means freedom for everyone. Just two years ago, today was nearly unimaginable – but over the last 24 months, Minnesotans proved that we don’t turn our backs on family. Minnesotans United rejoices today with the thousands of Minnesota families and children who will soon have the freedom to marry and be treated fairly and equally by their government, and we thank the thousands of Minnesotans and partner organizations who worked tirelessly to ensure that this day finally arrived.

Across all political backgrounds and religious beliefs, Minnesotans spoke up and affirmed what we already knew to be true: Marriage matters, and it is a basic freedom that should not be denied to some simply because of who are they. Governor Dayton’s signature today makes the dreams of so many families a reality, and makes Minnesota a more free and fair place for all who call it home.”

OutFront Minnesota and Project 515 founded Minnesotans United moments after the Legislature passed the marriage amendment in 2011, and have been critical partners in the campaign’s success over the last two years.

Minnesotans United is also grateful to several national organizations that helped make this victory possible: American Unity Fund, Freedom to Marry,Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.


The Minnesotans United Political Action Committee is working to support and re-elect legislators who voted in favor of extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in 2013.

Minnesotans United Political Action Committee Formed.

Minnesotans United made history in November 2012 by becoming the first campaign to successfully defeat a constitutional amendment that sought to permanently limit the freedom to marry for same sex couples.

Our 2012 campaign, by-the-numbers:

  • 27,000+ volunteers statewide
  • More than 87,000 individual donors, 89% of whom were from Minnesota
  • 700+ coalition members working together
  • Millions of conversations logged over 18 months
  • One hurtful, freedom-limiting amendment defeated!


July 2013

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