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Campaign spokesman Jake Loesch announced the change to reporters on Thursday. The group aims to convince legislators to repeal a state law that currently defines marriage as between one man and one woman during the 2013 legislative session.

Minnesotans United will lobby to legalize gay marriage in 2013

Richard Carlbom, executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Minnesotans United for All Families, the chief campaign that helped defeat a proposed same-sex marriage constitutional amendment this fall, will now shift gears and lobby for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Campaign spokesman Jake Loesch announced the change to reporters on Thursday. The group, which raised more than $11 million and organized thousands of volunteers across the state, aims to convince legislators next session to repeal a state law that currently defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

“The idea is to make 2013 the year in which all couples have the freedom to marry,” Loesch said. The amendment failed with only 47 percent voting “yes.” “Minnesotans in November pretty decisively defeated the amendment.”

Campaign director Richard Carlbom will continue on in a leadership role in the newly-organized group, which will be considerably scaled back from its size during the campaign season.

The team will face a familiar adversary next year. Minnesota for Marriage, the main group that campaigned in favor of the amendment, has also said it will regroup with the goal of blocking any efforts to legalize gay marriage in St. Paul.

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