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LGBT rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday


Thousands of LGBT folks and supporters will rally for marriage equality and pro-LGBT legislation at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday. The event will take place at the Capitol lawn from 1 to 2 pm.

“We will be rallying at the Capitol to show legislators that there is strong support for extending legal recognition to same-sex couples and their families by ending discrimination in marriage,” said Amy Johnson, executive director of OutFront Minnesota, in a statement. “Minnesotans know that marriage equality next door in Canada and now Iowa is not a threat to them or their families. In fact, polls show that the majority of Americans support creation of the sorts of legal frameworks and protections for same-sex couples. It is time for Minnesota to do so as well.”

OutFront also noted that since last year’s event, “marriage equality has become a reality in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Washington DC, as well as in places such as Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Mexico City.”

And the event is always a memorable one. Just five years ago, the annual LGBT Lobby Day event drew then-Sen. Michele Bachmann who was unsuccessfully trying to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A photographer caught her peering through a row of bushes.

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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, Vita.mn 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.