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Center Stage for Marriage: Home for the Holidays

MN Center Stage for MarriageThe following post comes from Leah Solo, Coalitions Committee Chair, Minnesotans United for All Families:

This Monday, Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign to defeat the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot in November 2012, received a boost from a special part of the coalition: the Twin Cities’ arts community. As a follow up to a production this past summer, Minnesotans United for All Families presented Center Stage for Marriage: Home for the Holidays.

This two and a half hour show featured singing, dancing, magic, comedy, and drama. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefited Minnesotans United. The audience was treated to some holiday classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, as well as standards like the Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand duet, “Forget Your Troubles/Happy Days.”

Held at the newly opened Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis, Center Stage also attracted speakers including Governor Mark Dayton, State Representatives John Kriesel, Commissioner Spencer Cronk, and State Senator Scott Dibble.

A special part of the evening was an excerpt from The Project 515 Players.  Set on Christmas Eve, a lesbian couple tackles explaining to their 6 year old daughter why they are not married. This gave the audience a peak into how difficult it can be to provide security to a family without marriage

At the end of the evening, hundreds of people left the Cowles Center energized and ready to defeat the anti-marriage amendment!

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