…although we have always expected that [amendment opponents] will outspend us, as marriage protection opponents have in every other state dealing with this issue, we are confident that the people of Minnesota will come together to raise the resources necessary to win and not let our state’s definition of marriage be defined by activist judges or liberal out of state organizations. We don’t have to match our opponents spending; we only need to mobilize people who believe marriage should be protected. We have the people of Minnesota on our side, and we remain confident of victory.
John Helmberger, Minnesota for Marriage Chairman
Helmberger speaks out in response to the fact that Minnesotans United for All Families raised $4.3 million versus the $1.4 million raised by Minnesota for Marriage.
The thing that is so very important to note about his statement: Helmberger calls out the fact that amendment opponents have outspent “marriage protection” groups in every single state, yet this measure has still passed every single time it has come up for vote. To those who think that we’re going to vote this down because we’ve raised more money, let Mr. Helmberger’s cocky response, and confidence in victory, be a quick reality check.
We need to do more than raise money. We must have the conversations (sometimes tough ones) about why this amendment must be defeated. And we need to start now. Help me send Mr. Helmberger a clear message: We won’t stand for discrimination and inequality in Minnesota. It’s not who we are.