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Leaders to Introduce Legislation to Secure the Freedom to Marry

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bipartisan efforts emerge following historic amendment defeat last November

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Jake Loesch, Communications Director
Phone Number: (763) 218 – 4810

February 26, 2013 – Saint Paul, MN – Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 27, legislative leaders will announce legislation to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Minnesota. The bipartisan legislation, co-authored by Republican Senator Branden Petersen, will be formally introduced on Thursday.

The introduction of this historic legislation comes on the heels of the Freedom to Marry Day rally on February 14, when more than 2,000 Minnesotans packed into the State Capitol Rotunda in support of marriage for same-sex couples. Faith leaders – who are now joining with business leaders and legislators – led that rally and are now calling on the Legislature to change state law this year to ensure that all Minnesota families are able to protect and care for each other through marriage.

Bill authors including Senator Scott Dibble and Representatives Karen Clark and Steve Simon speak tomorrow about the importance of passing this legislation in 2013. They will be joined by United Church of Christ Minnesota Conference Minister Reverend Karen Smith Sellers, Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikvah Congregation, and Minnesota families and children who will positively benefit from having the same freedom to marry as anyone else.

WHAT:
Introduction of legislation to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota

WHERE:
Room 125, Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, Minnesota

WHEN:
February 27, 2013
10:00am – 10:30am

Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012, is committed to securing the freedom to marry for loving and committed same-sex couples in 2013.

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