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Senate hearing set for anti-gay marriage bills

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The Minnesota Senate has scheduled its hearings on three anti-gay marriage bills that would put a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot. Here are the details:

Friday, April 29, 2011
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
Chair: Sen. Warren Limmer
12 Noon
Room 15 Capitol

Supporters and opposition will each be given one hour to present testimony with the third hour reserved for discussion and final vote.

Committee will break at 3:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm for other bills that will be added to the agenda.
Agenda:
S.F. 1307- Hann- Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman.
S.F. 1308- Limmer- Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman.
S.F. 1309- Gazelka- Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman.

OutFront Minnesota is encouraging people to attend the hearing and to bring letters with them in opposition to the bill:

We need you to pack the hearing in opposition to this amendment. Our elected officials need to know that this amendment is wrong for Minnesota.

There will be screens for everyone who cannot fit into the hearing room itself to watch the proceedings at the Capitol. OutFront Minnesota and our community partners are coordinating committee testimony in opposition to the amendment.

We encourage those attending to bring letters (two copies: one for your senator and one for your representative) sharing your story and why you oppose the constitutional amendment. Photocopies of family photos and photocopies of marriage certificates make powerful additions to your letters for legislators. If you bring signs, please keep them supportive of fairness and equality and do not attach them to sticks because sticks are banned at the Capitol.

OutFront has put together a Facebook page for the hearing. OutFront also has a petition that people can sign. It is located here.

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