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National Gay-Rights Group Forms Minnesota PAC

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – One of the nation’s leading gay-rights groups has formed a political action committee in Minnesota in preparation for next year’s statewide vote on whether the state Constitution should prohibit gay marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign filed its “Minnesota Family Freedom” PAC Monday with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. A finance officer with the Washington-based organization confirms it’s in preparation for the 2012 vote, which is expected to draw large donations from both supporters and foes of gay marriage.

Gay marriage or similar legal arrangements have been legalized in a growing number of states, and gay-rights activists in both Minnesota and nationwide have said that defeating the amendment in Minnesota would be an important win for them at the ballot box.

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