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Hundreds turned out to brave rain, ice pellets and snow during a rally in support of a bill to legalize gay marriage at the Minnesota State Capitol, Thursday, April 18, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton told the crowd he hoped legislators pass gay marriage this year. He says people have "a constitutional right and an American right to marry who you love." Bills to legalize gay marriage passed House and Senate committees last month. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Hundreds turned out to brave rain, ice pellets and snow during a rally in support of a bill to legalize gay marriage at the Minnesota State Capitol, Thursday, April 18, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton told the crowd he hoped legislators pass gay marriage this year. He says people have "a constitutional right and an American right to marry who you love." Bills to legalize gay marriage passed House and Senate committees last month. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Gay marriage supporters rally at Minn. Capitol

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of gay marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose votes if the bill comes up for a vote at the Capitol.

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Several groups pushing for legal gay marriage are holding a lobby day Thursday. It included a rally that drew a crowd of at least several hundred people despite cold, sleety weather.

Gov. Mark Dayton told the crowd he hoped legislators pass gay marriage this year. He says people have "a constitutional right and an American right to marry who you love."

Bills to legalize gay marriage passed House and Senate committees last month. They could get full House and Senate votes in the next few weeks, but it's not yet clear if backers have enough support to pass it.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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