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Pro-gay marriage group Minnesotans United for all Families has released its first television ad this session as lawmakers near a likely floor vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Minnesotans United releases TV ad ahead of likely vote on gay marriage

Rep. John Kriesel speaking on the House floor during the marriage amendment debate in 2011

Pro-gay marriage group Minnesotans United for all Families has released its first television ad this session as lawmakers near a likely floor vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.

The new ad, which will begin airing across the state on Wednesday, features former Republican Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraq War veteran who now famously bucked his party and voted against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage two years ago. The ad, similar to one used by the group during last fall’s campaign, excerpts part of Kriesel’s speech against the amendment on the House floor.

In a release on Tuesday, Minnesotans United described the previous ad as “pivotal in helping to defeat the harmful constitutional amendment that would have permanently excluded same-sex couples from marriage in Minnesota.”

The new ad ends by encouraging voters to reach out to their legislators and tell them to support gay marriage. Minnesotans United says they have purchased a “six-figure ad buy.”

See the full ad below.

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