ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The group pushing a state Capitol vote to legalize gay marriage says a bill to do so currently lacks the votes to pass.

The admission came in a fundraising pitch Thursday by Jake Loesch, the communications director for Minnesotans United. The group is planning a push later in the session to allow same-sex couples to marry under Minnesota law.

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Loesch wouldn’t reveal an exact vote count. He says Minnesotans United is “close” but still has work to do. Seven lobbyists for the group recently registered with the state.

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The gay marriage debate is not likely to gear up at the Capitol until later in the session.

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Opponents of gay marriage say last November’s statewide defeat of a constitutional ban on gay marriage doesn’t necessarily mean a majority of Minnesotans support legalizing it.