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REPLAY: Minnesota Lawmakers Announce Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

Watch the announcement live in the video window below at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Wednesday morning, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park legislators introduced a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

Watch the replay of the announcement on Patch, courtesy of TheUptake! Tune in to this webpage at 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m., Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-61) and Reps. Karen Clark (DFL-62A) and Steve Simon (DFL-46B) will join Rabbi Michael Latz from Southwest Minneapolis' Shir Tikvah synagogue and United Church of Christ leader Rev. Karen Smith Sellers to formally announced the introduction of a legalization bill. All five were prominent leaders in the defeat of a 2012 state constitutional amendment seeking to ban same-sex marriage.

The legislation is co-authored by state Sen. Brad Peterson (R-35). National same-sex marriage opponents have vowed to unseat Peterson if he goes ahead with his sponsorship of the bill. 

“Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican,” National Organization for Marriage head Brian Brown said in a statement emailed to reporters. “NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage."

In the same announcement, NOM pledged $500,000 to unseat any Republican who supported same-sex marriage, and to support any Democrat who opposed same-sex marriage with an equal amount of money.

Legalization opponents recently floated a "counter offer" that would create a special class of legal partnerships, as between an adult serving as their sibling's caretaker, that same-sex couples could also access. The proposal only would grant same-sex couples a fraction of the rights included in civil marriage, and has been unpopular with same-sex marriage advocates.

Same-sex marriage advocates have so far been bullish about their chances for passing the bill and are trying to turn the network of volunteers.

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Kevin Parks February 27, 2013 at 07:12 PM
“Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican,” “NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage." These statements infuriate me! I am no Constitutional expert by any means, but I don't remember it saying anywhere where a GROUP's vote get's to decide the fate of a political party nor an individual. There was a time when respect was given to the office not threats. Wether I agree with the policy or not, the people in power should be voting for their contituants, for what they think is right, and NOT because they are threatened! I would rally around anyone who stood up for the people they represent, even if it was against what their particular "clique" wanted.

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