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Group opposing gay marriage coming to Austin

Published 10:45am Friday, April 19, 2013

Gay marriage opponents will hold a rally at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin this weekend.

Minnesotans for Marriage will stop by the church parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Austin is one of the last stops on for the group, which organized a state-wide tour in response to a bill before the Minnesota Legislature that could legalize gay marriage in the state.

“The gay marriage bill could come up for a vote at any time,” said Autumn Leva, director of governmental affairs & communication for Minnesotans for Marriage. “It stands poised to pass unless people act, and contact their legislators to let them know how they stand on the issue.”

Leva noted a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune poll showed 53 percent opposition to same-sex marriage statewide, and 73 percent opposition outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

The group has sent out mailers over the past few weeks to areas like Hinckley, Duluth, Austin, and Rochester, all of which the group has or plans to visit as part of its series of rallies. Leva said the group hopes the rallies encourage people to get involved in the issue and make their voices heard.

“We’re encouraging those folks out in Greater Minnesota to contact their legislators now, and we want to help them do that,” she said.

Austin is the third-to-last stop for Minnesotans for Marriage. Leva said once the tour is finished this upcoming Monday, the group will work on further events to raise awareness about gay marriage.

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