Supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota have secured a booth inside the state fair.

Initially, both supporters and opponents of the amendment said they were told by officials that it was too late to participate in this year's event.

The group Minnesota for Marriage – a coalition of the Minnesota Family Council, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage – set up its informational booth outside the fairgrounds, in front of the Church of the Holy Childhood.

But on Thursday, the group announced it had secured space inside the fair.

“We are delighted to be on the fairgrounds and expanding our dialogue with fair-goers about why the Minnesota Marriage Amendment is needed. We're off to a great start. Dozens of volunteers have stepped up to staff our booth, talk with voters and recruit fellow supporters to help pass the Minnesota Marriage Amendment next year,” the group said.

Donald MacFarland, a spokesman for Minnesotans United for All Families, the group spearheading the campaign against passage of the measure, said he did not know how Minnesota for Marriage wrangled space inside the fair.

“I don't know,” MacFarland told On Top Magazine during a brief telephone interview. “But I'm certain there is a rational explanation. I'm certain officials have not taken sides.”

MacFarland added that while his group did not have a booth at the fair, it was represented at the event. Volunteers were talking to fair-goers from inside the booths of the DFL, Greens and Independent parties.