ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The group on the losing end of a gay marriage legalization debate in Minnesota has confirmed it was significantly outspent on legislative lobbying.

Minnesota for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, said Friday that it spent more than $200,000 to try to defeat the measure. Minnesotans United For All Families has previously said it spent more than $2 million in a successful lobbying campaign that featured phone banks, television commercials and personal appeals to lawmakers.

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John Helmberger of Minnesota for Marriage says the spending disparity is, in his words, “proof that if you spend enough money you can get some legislators to do almost anything.”

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Minnesota’s gay marriage law takes effect on Aug. 1.

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