A petition has been launched urging Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to file a brief supporting marriage equality lawsuits in Oklahoma and Utah.

On Wednesday, 15 states filed briefs in support of the marriage equality lawsuits pending in Oklahoma and Utah including Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Oregon also signed on.

A petition at urges Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson to do the same.

Only three states with marriage equality — including Minnesota — have not signed on. New Jersey’s Republican attorney general has not signed on, and Hawaii’s attorney general is waiting to see what happens with the case before signing on.

One commenter on the petition, Jessica Banks of St. Paul said, “Minnesota worked incredibly hard to stop a 30-state trend in passing harmful anti-marriage amendments, and we need to join our voices with other marriage equality states to support the expansion of these rights in other states!”

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.