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Rep. Denny McNamara of Hastings says on Wednesday, April 3, that he has supported civil unions for 11 years. A civil union bill is being introduced in the Legislature. McNamara's House district includes part of south Washington County. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

McNamara backs civil union alternative to same-sex marriage


One south Washington County-area Republican legislator supports civil unions as a step short of full marriage for gay couples, but a prominent local former GOP lawmaker said that doesn't go far enough.

Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, joined a handful of other GOP House members and one Democrat Wednesday to propose civil union legislation that would give gay couples the same rights as married couples.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.