The group trying to legalize same-sex marriage is expecting about 2,000 supporters at a State Capitol rally on Thursday.
Minnesotans United is hosting the Freedom to Marry Day rally on Valentine’s Day as it begins to ramp up its statewide push to legalize marriage between gay and lesbian couples.
Speakers will include the Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, faith director of the successful 2012 Marylanders for Marriage campaign; the Rev. Grant Stevensen, former faith director of Minnesotans United for All Families; and state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis.
The event will begin at 3 p.m.
Minnesota for Marriage, the group fighting to prevent legislators from redefining marriage, is holding a similar event on March 4.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.