Gay marriage supporters hold Valentine's Day rally

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The Star Tribune reports that about a thousand people spent Valentine's Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul, urging lawmakers to allow gay and lesbian couples wed.

KARE 11 reports that speakers included DFL lawmakers and religious leaders who say last fall's defeat of a constitutional gay marriage ban cleared the way to repeal the law that prevents same-sex couples from marrying.

Gov. Dayton restated his support for same-sex marriage rights in his State of the State speech, and DFL legislative leaders have been increasingly open to taking up the issue in the current session.

The leading group in opposition to gay marriage, Minnesota for Marriage, is planning its own event at the Capitol on March 7.

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