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Gay marriage advocates launch 6-figure TV ad buy

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The leading lobby group seeking to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has unveiled a new 30-second TV ad (see it below).

A similar ad aired in the final days of the 2012 election and was pivotal in Minnesotans United for All Families' effort to defeat the constitutional amendment that would have permanently banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota, the group said in a press release. The "six-figure" ad buy will run on broadcast stations statewide beginning Wednesday, the group said.

The ad features former GOP Minnesota state Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraq war veteran, describing his decision to support gay marriage and his pride in being "on the right side of history."

House and Senate committees approved legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, and full votes are expected, but not guaranteed, in the next few weeks. The measure is generally thought to have enough support in the Senate to pass. The House vote would be more of a mystery.

A competing measure would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples, but gay marriage advocates say that legislation does not go far enough.

The new ad:

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