Minnesotans United looks to finish the job of winning marriage in MN in 2013

For the past two years, proponents of the freedom to marry in Minnesota have worked to defeat an anti-gay amendment that sought to permanently exclude same-sex couples from marriage and write discrimination into the state constitution. In November, Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition of organizations, businesses, community members and faith leaders committed to defeated the amendment, emerged from the election victorious.

Now, in 2013, Minnesotans United will aim to complete the cycle by winning marriage for same-sex couples across the state of Minnesota. 

Minnesotans United for All Families' Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom penned a letter on the group's Facebook page yesterday. He wrote:

The wheels are in motion, the conversations are happening, and 2013 is gearing up to be another historic year for same-sex couples in Minnesota. ...

Today, I need to know that you're still with us. Make no mistake: 2013 presents a new, unique and incredible opportunity for us to make sure that loving and committed same-sex couples can - at long last - get married right here in Minnesota.

Now is not the time to stay quiet on the sidelines. Our legislators in Saint Paul have a lot of priorities, and they need to hear form us. They need to hear your stories about love, commitment, and responsibility. Most importantly, they need to know that you support changing state law to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry. ...

Our strategy for securing the freedom to marry in Minnesota begins with re-creating the widespread excitement and energy [we felt in 2012]. But this time, we get to say YES! Yes to love, yes to commitment, and yes to freedom.

The legislative session has already begun in Minnesota, and several lawmakers have already been outspoken about their plans to advocate for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in the state. Minnesotans United for All Families will kick off 2013 today, with its Legislative Kickoff Fundraising Party.

Richard Carlbom told The Star Tribune this week that the road ahead will require work. He said, "This is not some fly-by-night operation. We are going to be very focused on accomplishing the task in front of us. ... The energy and excitement around getting this done is overwhelming. That is what gives us the biggest boost of confidence." 

2013 will be a big year for the freedom to marry, and we're thrilled to see developments all across the country - from Illinois to Rhode Island to Minnesota

Find out more about the freedom to marry in Minnesota HERE, and make sure to become a fan of Minnesotans United for All Families on Facebook.