Supporters of gay marriage in Minnesota say they are “close” to securing legislative approval of a marriage law.

Jake Loesch, communications director for Minnesotans United for All Families, would not divulge the number of votes his group has secured but told the AP that the figure was “close.”

Minnesotans United worked to defeat an unsuccessful effort to amend the state's constitution to limit marriage to heterosexual couples. Since November's election, the group has turned its efforts to lobbying for passage of a marriage bill.

Opponents have criticized the effort, saying that opposition to a ban is not the same as support for marriage equality.

Supporters will hold a rally at the Capitol on Valentine's Day. The Freedom to Marry Day Rally will kick off at 3PM at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul on February 14.

Meanwhile, campaign finance reports released this week show last year's fight topped $18 million. Minnesotans United raised and spent $12.4 million, while Minnesota for Marriage, which supported passage of the measure, spent $5.6 million.