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Minnesota Legislators Thank President Obama for Opposition to Anti-Marriage Amendment

The following post comes from HRC Regional Field Organizer Trevor Chandler:

Following the announcement by President Obama that he opposes the constitutional amendment on the ballot here that would deny Minnesota families the right to marriage for same-sex couples, state legislators spoke out to thank the President for his stance. In a statement signed by State Senators Scott Dibble, John Harrington, Patricia Torres Ray and State Representatives Karen Clark, Erin Murphy, Bobby Joe Champion and Susan Allen they praised the President’s stance by saying:

“We are very happy to see President Obama’s strong opposition to the anti-marriage amendment that will be on the November ballot here in Minnesota and we echo his sentiment.

The proposed amendment would rewrite our constitution for the sole purpose of denying freedoms to a certain group of Minnesotans. Marriage is about love and commitment, and our state constitution should never be used make it illegal for some Minnesotans to marry the person they love. Freedom means freedom for everybody—no exceptions, no exclusions.”

In addition, Minnesotans United for All Families, the broad coalition group working to defeat the amendment of which HRC is a founding member said of the announcement:

“President Obama has spoken out time and again about his belief that gays and lesbians deserve the same legal rights as all Americans.

This amendment would exclude gays and lesbians from the right to marry. It would use the constitution to tell gays and lesbians it’s illegal to marry the person you love. The amendment does not represent the values Minnesotans hold dear – that marriage is about love and commitment, and that freedom means freedom for everyone.”

HRC is a proud member of the Minnesotans United coalition. Find out how you can make a difference.

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