The lead group that successfully pressed legislators to legalize same-sex marriage this year has formed a new political group to ensure those lawmakers are re-elected.

“Minnesotans United recognizes that casting a yes vote in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry was a decision that many legislators struggled with,” said Minnesotans United campaign manager Richard Carlbom said in announcing the formation MN United PAC. “Minnesotans statewide called on the Legislature to take action this year, and a majority of legislators answered that call and made our state the twelfth to ensure that same-sex couples and their families are finally treated equally under the law.”

Minnesotans United has proven to be a fundraising powerhouse in the Legislature and over the last two years as it worked to defeat an amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

“MN United PAC will work tirelessly to ensure that the leaders in the Legislature – Republican and Democrat – who voted yes for marriage this year have the grassroots and financial support they need to be re-elected,” Carlbom said. “These legislators cast an important historic vote, and now it’s our turn to show our appreciation and tell them that we’ve got their back.”

The group is not saying how much it plans to devote to those races.

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