Legislation that would legalize same sex marriage in Minnesota is likely still a few weeks away from reaching the floor of the House and Senate, but both sides of the issue are working extremely hard to sway lawmakers.
"What about the rights of children? No one is thinking about that. We are. We are. And we are here to remind the legislature that children have rights to a mom and a dad," Crystal Crocker of Minnesota for Marriage said.
Minnesota for Marriage held a Saturday rally at Grace Church in Eden Prairie with several dozen people. The group is leading the fight to keep the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in Minnesota. They are on a multi-weekend RV tour and venturing outside of Minnesota state lines where support for traditional marriage is typically at its strongest. Saturday afternoon brought the lobbying effort into the metro.
"Every major poll since November shows the majority of Minnesota do not want same sex marriage passed in the state," Autumn Leva of Minnesota for Marriage said. "The latest in the Star Tribune showed 53% do not want the law changed. They want it left alone."
A couple days ago, Gov. Mark Dayton rallied those who support same sex marriage out in front of the Capitol. Of course, any legislation must make it through a divided legislature before the governor can sign it into law.
"You have a constitutional right," Gov. Dayton said at Thursday's rally. "You have an American right to marry the person that you love. No doubt about it."
The battle lines are drawn on this issue with each side looking to win over lawmakers in the coming weeks before votes reach the floors in both chambers.