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Gay marriage opponents rally, but bill has votes to pass House panel

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Opponents of a move to make same sex marriages legal in Minnesota rallied at the Capitol Thursday. But a headcount of lawmakers shows the bill they're fighting against has enough support to gain a floor vote in at least one chamber of the Legislature.

The Star Tribune reports about 1,000 people were on hand to hear from speakers including the president of the National Organization for Marriage. Brian Brown argued that most Minnesotans want no change in existing law, which recognizes only opposite sex marriages.

Politics in Minnesota says Brown asserted that supporters of legalizing gay marriage lack the votes to pass the measure.

That looks like it will be put to the test, though.

The Associated Press reports the bill does have enough support to clear a committee and gain a floor vote in the House. As for the Senate, four of the eight members of the Judiciary Committee tell the AP they'll vote for it and a fifth is not ruling it out.

Any floor votes are still a few weeks off, so aggressive lobbying from both sides of the issue is not going away anytime soon.

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