Marriage bill unveiling set

Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota will be announced Wednesday during a State Capitol news conference.

Formal introductions of the bill in the House and Senate will come a day later. An advisory from the group Minnesotans United said the bipartisan legislation will be co-authored by Sen. Branden Peterson, R-Andover. The chief authors are Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis. Both chief authors will speak at the Wednesday news conference, along with religious leaders and families.

The push for legislation follows last November’s defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage into law if it landed on his desk.

Supporters of the effort gathered in the Capitol Rotunda two weeks ago for a rally to launch their campaign to get legislation passed this session. Opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage are planning a rally March 7.