St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers introduced historic legislation Wednesday that would allow gay couples to marry. A group of Democrats, and at least one Republican, have signed onto the bill that would repeal the state's current ban on gay marriages. Several gay couples who are raising children appeared at a Capitol news conference to say they'd like to have their marriages recognized by law here in Minnesota. "Our children know we'll always be a family, no matter what," said Amy Slusser, a bill supporter. "But we all dream of the permanence that comes with the knowledge that our neighbors, and our community and state will always treat us as a family." "There's lots of reasons to believe that Minnesota's public is not ready for same-sex marriage," said Warren Limmer, who is opposed to the bill. "And nor are they ready for the legislature to take it upon themselves to change it at this time." The bill also contains language saying that churches opposed to gay marriage would not be required to perform those ceremonies, or to host receptions connected to same-sex unions. The bill will be formally introduced on Thursday.