Yesterday, Workday Minnesota shared an article featuring quotes from several union leaders as to why they are voting no on the mean-spirited marriage amendment:
“People ask, ‘why is labor coming out against this? — It’s a social issue,’” acknowledges Mark Bradley, Roseville, a member of two unions, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. He offers a ready answer: “It affects our members directly. It affects their benefits. It affects our members’ personal lives.”
Another quote shared focuses on the fact that unions have a history of standing up for civil rights:
“The labor movement has long stood in support of civil rights for all people and this case is no different,” says Bill Heaney, St. Anthony Village, legislative and political director for the IBEW Minnesota State Council, which opposes the marriage amendment. He adds, “everything I was taught growing up from my folks reinforces how wrong it is.”
It’s a longer article, but it’s full of examples of different organizations standing up for equality and voting NO on the mean-spirited marriage amendment.
The coalition built across this state is strong; may the work that has been done up to this point help us defeat this freedom-limiting amendment!
Imagine my surprise when my phone buzzed this afternoon with the text:
YOU WERE QUOTED ON GLOBALPOST.COM [emphasis his]
Well sure enough, in an article titled “Minnesota marriage amendment a tight race,” Alex Pearlman includes a quote I shared about Frank Schubert and his strategy.
Schubert’s work via the National Organization for Marriage, which handles a significant amount of the contributions to block gay marriage amendments nation-wide has been accused of “twisting the truth” being “mean-spirited” and using “scare tactics” both in Minnesota and across the country.
“While there is nothing illegal about Schubert’s strategy, this behavior highlights the type of people that are running the campaign for amendment support. Schubert could care less about having a conversation and encouraging Minnesotans to consider both sides of the issue,” writes a blogger who goes by Mark and runs the site Minnesota for Equality. “He will do whatever it takes to make sure this mean-spirited amendment passes, and so far, his strategies have proven extremely successful.”
Is it weird that I just quoted someone that quoted me? :)
Polls are still open for just under 4 more hours. Let’s keep getting the word out and ensure that Minnesota votes NO!
[Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt] gave his life in Afghanistan protecting our freedoms. He was gay. I cannot look at this picture and say, corporal, you are good enough to fight for your country and give your life, but you are not good enough to marry the person you love.
John Kriesel, State Representative
Source: South Washington County Bulletin
This quote is from Republican Representative John Kriesel’s speech before the Minnesota House of Representatives in which he argued against putting up for a popular vote whether or not we should limit the rights of marriage. He was one of only two Republicans that voted against the amendment.
Earlier this week, I posted the 5th television spot that Minnesotans United for All Families released in which they incorporate part of Kriesel’s speech.
A powerful reminder that this amendment impacts REAL Minnesotans. I hope you will join me in saying NO to writing discrimination into our state constitution.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Erin Keyes included this quote in her recent feature on MinnPost. While I shared Erin’s letter earlier, this quote was worthy of sharing on its own.
I’ve said it many times before via this blog, if this mean-spirited amendment passes, which marginalizes a small group of Minnesota citizens, we need to ask, “Who’s next?” Read First They Came… for a powerful reminder of why we must all stand together in support of equality and say NO to amending our state constitution to limit the rights of the minority.
It’s really no surprise that we’re being outspent. Money doesn’t speak on this issue. The voices of the majority of Minnesotans are going to be heard much more loudly at the polls.
Autumn Leva, spokesperson, Minnesota for Marriage
Source: Star Tribune
Leva responds to the fact that Minnesotans United for All Families has continued to outraise amendment supporters more than 4-to-1.
Minnesotans United for All Families spokesperson, Kate Brickman, confirms that money alone won’t win this election:
Raising money alone is not going to win us the campaign. Our fundraising has been a way to get engaged in the campaign.
The Star Tribune article breaks down donations on both sides:
More than 70 percent of Minnesota for Marriage’s funds come from two organizations. The Minnesota Catholic Conference Marriage Defense Fund donated $600,000 and the Minnesota Family Council Marriage Protection Fund gave $250,000.
Minnesotans United has drawn its contributions from more than 44,000 donors, with about 90 percent coming from within the state. The group’s latest fundraising report does not include more than $350,000 the group raised over the weekend at hundreds of house party fundraisers.
Groups supporting same sex marriage bans have been outspent in most of the 30 states where the issue reached the ballot, but have yet to lose an election.
Let’s prove Leva and amendment supporters wrong: No matter how you spin it, or how much you spend, Minnesotans stand up for equality and just say NO.
If you can’t stand up for what you believe, you are not a minister, you are not a priest.
Reverend Mike Tegeder
Source: Star Tribune
A great article from the Star Tribune on Catholic priest, Mike Tegeder. I’ve written about Tegeder several times on this blog. He has continued to take a public stand against the marriage amendment, despite direction from the Catholic Church not to do so.
Jon Tevlin of the Star Tribune digs deeper in this piece on Tegeder and shares several moving quotes, similar to the one I’ve shared here. Tegeder had this to say about Archbishop John Nienstedt:
He’s in over his head. We don’t deserve him, and he doesn’t deserve us.
I’ve also blogged many times about Nienstedt, however, he is on the opposite end of the equality spectrum, doing whatever is in his power to see this mean-spirited amendment pass.
Spend 2 minutes to check out the article on Tegeder. While I’ve appreciated him taking a stand against the amendment, after reading this article, I have a new found respect for the man and I think you will too.
If it’s on the ballot, it’s in the classroom… It has to be. You can’t do a good social studies class without bringing this up right now.
Julie Blaha, teachers union president, Anoka-Hennepin District
Interesting article that looks at the debate around the marriage amendment that is taking place in schools all throughout Minnesota.
Some educators at public and private schools see the amendment as a prime teachable moment; others say hot-button issues might be best reserved for parents. By all accounts, students find the issue compelling.
“Students are more engaged by this issue than even the presidential election,” said Eric Erickson, a social studies teacher at St. Paul’s Como Park Senior High. “It’s something they can relate to. It’s about relationships.”
The article references the national media attention the Minnesota Archdiocese received for sending a priest and married couple into local schools to talk about the sanctity of marriage. The talks at DeLaSalle highlighted the fact that talking about marriage and amendments in highschools can be a dangerous thing for the Catholic Church as school-aged children are less likely to agree with what the presenters have to say.
Check out the full article on Twincities.com.
Most Lutherans supportive of natural marriage are less vocal than the handful of activists calling for a radical redefinition of the time-tested institution upon which every human society has been founded. Lutherans usually are a modest and quiet bunch. I ought to know: My wife and I had a potluck for our Lutheran wedding reception.
But even modest and quiet people vote, and I foresee a good number of Lutherans joining me in checking “Yes” for a constitutional protection of natural marriage.
Ryan C. MacPherson, founding president, Hausvater Project
Source: MPR News
MacPherson argues that, despite what you may read in the daily news, many Lutherans support the divisive marriage amendment on ballots this fall.
Unfortunately, even though polling in recent days has show a swing in the Vote No direction, I do worry that what MacPherson says is true. Voters are less likely to voice an unpopular opinion when polled than when they are in the voting booth. This is why it is so important that in these final days up until November 6th, each and every one of us is out telling stories, talking to friends, family, neighbors and even volunteering to talk to strangers with Minnesotans United.
The fight for equality is just too important – we must never give up. Let’s show the world that Minnesotans stand up for each other, no matter what.
I think that the best day will be when we no longer talk about being gay or straight – it’s not a ‘gay wedding’ it’s just a ‘wedding’, it’s not a ‘gay marriage’ it’s just ‘a marriage’.
Pink, Pop Star, September 19, 2012
Source: Pink News
Pink shares her views on same-sex marriage in an interview on GaydarRadio’s breakfast show.
You know, I just think there are also consequences if this bill is passed— I’m sorry, there could be some consequences if the bill does not pass, the amendment does not pass— if it were to fail there could be some consequences. My concerns are that our children in our schools could be taught some liberal agendas because of the marriage amendment. Because in the schools they may be taught… ah… that, this is normal behavior. I personally do not believe it is. But I also believe in the choice and I firmly support marriage between one man and one woman.
Representative Mary Franson, Alexandria, September 20, 2012
Source: City Pages
Sad to see that some of our very own elected officials in Minnesota still believe that being gay is not normal and that recognizing the love between two people (who happen to be of the same gender) could lead to “consequences.”
Hmmm. I wonder if Mary Franson includes paying taxes, voting, raising families and other seemingly “normal” behaviors in her list of consequences?
We are confident that as we continue our final outreach effort, the voices of the majority of Minnesotans will speak louder at the polls than the amount of money wasted in a futile attempt to convince people that men and women are interchangeable, and the Marriage Amendment will pass on November 6th.
John Helmberger, Chairman, Minnesota for Marriage
Helmberger is quoted in an article about fundraising efforts by Minnesota for Marriage, the group that supports the mean-spirited amendment.
Minnesota for Marriage has raised nearly $1.2 million dollars so far in 2012, compared to $5.96 million raised by Minnesotans United for All Families. Helmberger had this to say about the fundraising disparity:
We’ve never been surprised by the amount of money wealthy same-sex ‘marriage’ activists are willing to pour into their attempt to change the minds of Minnesotans on the definition of marriage. In fact, we predicted over a year ago that we would be outspent 3 or 4 to 1.
Interesting that he chose to call out the “amount of money wasted” considering his side put this thing on the ballot in the first place! Oh the irony.
Minnesota for Marriage spokesperson, Autumn Leva, talks about the Big Gay Race:
They’re going to have to run a pretty far way to convince people in Minnesota that marriage is not between a man and a woman and that kids do not need a mom and a dad. We’ve seen races to try and change the definition in 31 other states and the amendment has always passed.
Leva’s attempt to take away the excitement and inspiration people felt at the Big Gay Race should be seen as just another tactic Minnesota for Marriage is using to slow us down.
Make no mistake, Ms. Leva, those of us fighting this mean-spirited amendment were so very PROUD to see thousands of people standing up for equality for the second annual Big Gay Race. Nothing you can say can change that.
Just like nothing you can say will convince me that what you’re doing is out of “love.” Attempts to legislate your narrow beliefs while limiting the rights and freedoms of Minnesotans has no place in the Land of 10,000 lakes and I’m going to work hard to make sure you see that come NOvember!