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Gay marriage supporters rallying

St. Paul-area Lutherans on Saturday went on record against changing the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman, the Star Tribune reports. About 430 Lutherans representing 115 congregations in the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted on a resolution opposing the marriage amendment at an assembly in Burnsville.

Meanwhile, organizers of Sunday’s “One Day United” event hope to see thousands turn out at “house parties” throughout the state to pledge defeat of the ballot measure, WCCO reports. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attend one.

CNN on Saturday had a feature story on Minnesota and its struggle with the issue of gay marriage.

CNN says: Minneapolis is a conflicted city. It’s home to one of the largest gay pride festivals in the Midwest and was once dubbed the “gayest city in America” by The Advocate magazine. The metropolitan area is also home to the conservative power base of Rep. Michele Bachmann. And in six months, voters there and across the state will decide whether to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. (Three other states will, too.)

This week, a group representing 80 Catholic priest broke with the church and said they did not support the marriage amendment, MPR and others reported.

It was just earlier this month that President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to publicly support gay marriage, in an interview he did with ABC News.

The Associated Press also examines how Obama’s stance adds fuel to the fiery debate in states like Minnesota.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow set up the debate to come in Minnesota in this report last year.

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April 24, 2014