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Red Wing lawmaker proposes civil union bill

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With bans on same-sex marriage being considered by the highest court in the land, here in Minnesota, a lawmaker from Red Wing is introducing a bill to establish civil unions as an alternative to legalizing same-sex marriage.

Republican Representative Tim Kelly unveiled his proposal Wednesday at the State Capitol.

It would grant gay and lesbian couples the same statutory recognition as marriages between a man and a woman.

The bill defines the union as a civil contract between two parties, recognized by the state of Minnesota.

Chief author of the gay marriage bill, Senator Scott Dibble, is speaking out again Kelly's civil union bill. He says civil unions are insufficient and would only cause more legal woes for gay couples.

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