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In Minnesota, marriage equality bill wording may change

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Associated Press
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May 9, 2013

The leader of the group lobbying for gay marriage at Minnesota's Capitol said Wednesday he supports a proposed change to the bill that could make it easier for Republicans to support.

The House is scheduled to debate and vote Thursday on the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota. An amendment posted Wednesday from GOP Rep. David Fitzsimmons reframes the proposed changes to wording in Minnesota's marriage laws, swapping in the term "civil marriage" in all instances whether couples are of the same or opposite genders.

Richard Carlbom, director of Minnesotans United, the lobby group pushing for gay marriage, told The Associated Press that the group has agreed to back the amendment meant to guarantee that religious organizations couldn't be fined, punished or stripped of special status for refusing to perform gay marriages.