Out Front Minnesota Lobby Day at the Capitol

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesotans United

The large crowd at the State Capitol lobbying for marriage equality

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    Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus singing "Marry Us"

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February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Almost 50 Duluthians went down to the state capitol today to join several thousand Minnesotans from across the state for the Out Front Lobby Day.

Two groups of people, OutFront and Minnesotans United for All Families, are down at the capitol lobbying for two big issues:

1. The controversial Marriage Amendment that will appear on the November ballot. The amendment would define a marriage as between one man and one woman.

2. Bullying / Safe schools

1:40pm
The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus just sang a beautiful rendition of "Marry Us" at the Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Crowds are also chanting "Vote no, vote no" on the steps of the capitol.

1:35pm
"Marriage is about love and commitment. We don't use our constitution to to limit the freedoms of others." -- Senator Scott Dibble.

12:45pm
It is being reported that several thousand people are rallying on the steps of the Minnesota State capitol. Both Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Scott Dibble have given moving speeches in front of the large crowd. An African American minister has also stepped up to the podium saying that this Marriage Amendment should not divide the African American community. Those who are part of both groups are describing the rally as amazing and very moving.

11:30pm
Both groups are currently on their way to the Minnesota State Capitol after a morning of training and discussing what it means to be an ally of the LGBT community. Both groups plan to rally at the steps of the capitol at noon. From there they will go into the capitol and talk to state lawmakers about the marriage amendment and bullying in our schools.

Keep checking back for more updates as we get them from St. Paul.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns