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Minnesota Senate Republicans Reportedly Blocking Constituent Contacts

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are reportedly blocking emails from constituents expressing their anger and disappointment following a move by the legislature to place an anti-marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot.

According to MN Public Radio, Sen. Scott Dibble says more than 100,000 emails  were set to be deleted this morning, claiming they were clogging the servers.

HRC sent an action alert to its entire list of members and supporters in the state on Sunday asking them to send a message of anger and disappointment to those legislators who voted in favor of the measure.  The Secretary of the Senate is reporting that some 230,000 messages have been received since yesterday.

We have been working closely with OutFront Minnesota, Project 515, supportive legislators, labor and other progressive organizations in the state to oppose this measure in the legislature.  Together, the group has been planning a winning campaign to defeat this amendment with the newly formed coalition, Minnesotans United for All Families – www.minnesotansunitedforallfamilies.org.

Currently, 29 states have constitutional amendments prohibiting marriage for same-sex couples. However, a recent Star-Tribune poll showed the majority of Minnesota residents oppose the amendment.

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