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Minn. gay marriage opponents take their case to rural communities

HINCKLEY, Minn. — The chief political group opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of rallies across the state.

A flyer advertising the rallies argues that “the metro area shouldn’t be allowed to force gay marriage on the rest of the state.”

Polls have shown higher support for marriage equality in the state’s larger cities compared to rural areas.

The first rally is Friday evening at a restaurant in Hinckley. Similar events are planned in upcoming days in Hermantown, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Morris, Eden Prairie, Owatonna, Austin and Montevideo.

State House and Senate policy committees approved the marriage equality bill last month on party line votes. Backers have said a final floor vote wouldn’t come until later this spring, after both chambers have passed the state budget.

On Thursday, same-sex marriage supporters released a letter from 26 prominent business leaders to Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders urging them to pass the bill this year.

Dayton has said he would sign the bill if the House and Senate pass it.

Under the current proposal, same-sex marriage in Minnesota would be legal on Aug. 1

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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