Minnesotans are raising their voices for marriage freedom across greater Minnesota. The Rochester Bulletin reports in Opponents of marriage amendment demonstrate at Peace Plaza:
About 120 people showed up Saturday morning at the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester to walk in the Freedom Walk for All Families and join in a picnic as part of Rochester Pridefest. . . .
Kim Edson, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, was with a fellow congregation member holding a sign displaying the name of the church and "Standing on the Side of Love."
"We are against this amendment, not in spite of our religious values but because of our religious values," she said. "We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe in fair and equal treatment in our culture. And we believe this amendment hurts people and does nothing to help people."
Read the whole article in the Post Bulletin.
In an oped published in the St. Cloud Time, Republican legend Wheelock Whitney writes in Treat people right - reject amendment:
As a lifelong Republican, born and raised in St. Cloud, I strongly oppose the Minnesota marriage amendment, and I encourage my fellow Minnesotans — and especially Republicans — to do the same.
The reasons are simple: I believe in personal responsibility and the freedom to live your life without unnecessary government intervention. This amendment is contrary to the idea of a limited government, and allows politicians and government to have greater control over the lives of some Minnesotans. . . .
There isn’t a Republican bone in my body that can support this amendment, and there isn’t a Minnesotan bone in my body that wants to see this hurtful amendment permanently enshrined in our constitution. Minnesota is the place I have chosen to live and raise a family for a myriad of reasons. One of those reasons was the tangible belief that Minnesotans have in the “Golden Rule.” . . .
Real Minnesotans will be impacted and hurt by this amendment – and if you believe that the United States is the freest and most exceptional nation on Earth, I hope you’ll join me in defending liberty and justice for all by proudly voting “no” on Nov. 6.
Read and comment on the article at the Times.
But it's not just well-known Gophers speaking out. Minnesotans United has launch a fun campaign called Vote No Across Minnesota. From the group's Facebook page:
Where are YOU wearing your Vote No gear? Take a picture in front of your city's population sign, or maybe at a historic Minnesota landmark near you (Be creative!) and send it to us at email@example.com. We'll add it this album! To purchase Vote No gear, visit www.mnunited.org/gear.
Bluestem plans to snap a picture of the most logical Greater Minnesota photo of all: a friend or two in Vote No! shirts in one of our favorite small towns: Milan, the fashion capitol of west central Minnesota.
Photo: Group shot of the Rochester rally peeps.
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