Way back in June, I shared an inspiring video about the impact each of us has in telling our story. 67% of voters are more likely to vote against this mean-spirited amendment if they’ve heard from someone they know.
If you have any doubt, just take a look at the breakdown of numbers from the recently completed Star Tribune poll:
Do you have family members or friends who are gay or lesbian?
KNOW GAY OR LESBIAN?
Just knowing someone that is gay or lesbian has a huge influence on how someone chooses to vote on this amendment! Then add in the telling of personal stories and making real connections with fellow Minnesotans and you can see why Minnesota has a real chance at defeating this thing!
So with 6 days to go, take action now. Get out there. Tell your stories. Volunteer with the campaign. Do whatever you can to make real, personal connections between now and election day. Who knows, your personal connection could make the difference between whether or not this mean-spirited amendment is defeated!
It’s true. 67% of voters are more likely to be on our side after having a conversation. Check out this inspiring video if you need a reminder.
With 18 days until Minnesota votes on marriage, please be sure that you’re amping up the conversations you’re having!
From Rochester to Duluth, there continue to be an increase in the number of articles around the mean-spirited marriage amendment. This one, from WXOW.com, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, speaks to the divide between voters in the state.
Perhaps the most striking visual presented in the article is this one:
Driving by homes in Rochester, a yard sign reads say Yes to the marriage amendment… Yet the next yard’s sign reads the opposite, “Vote No… Don’t Limit the Freedom to Marry.” It’s an example of how split Minnesotans are on the issue.
Quotes from both sides of the issue are included in the article. Colette Sweeney makes a great point:
If people can discuss it then they are able to talk about their fears, talk about their concerns in an open way and in that way they become better informed instead of being told there’s only one way to think.
Each of us needs to remember that conversations change minds. We’ve made tremendous progress this past year and now we’re in our final push. Regardless of where you live in the great state of Minnesota, your help is needed now, more than ever, to help Minnesotans understand the importance of voting NO.
This is the last video I’m going to post from Minnesotans for Marriage of interviews of real Minnesotans who will be voting yes to forever change our state constitution to limit the rights of some Minnesotans.
I said this the other day, but it’s worth repeating: I’m posting these videos so that folks understand what the yes side looks like. It’s a diverse group of people and we need to remember that so that we tell our stories and engage all people, not just those that we think will vote yes.
If this video saddens or disappoints, YOU have the ability to change it! With just over 50 days to go, every single conversation is critical.
Hey everyone, I’ve got another opportunity for you to Take Action and it’s just around the corner! Tonight I received a call from a volunteer with Minnesotans United to remind me that National Night Out is next week (August 7).
National Night Out provides each of us with a great opportunity to talk to our neighbors and friends about the freedom-limiting marriage amendment on ballots this fall. Share your story and let your neighbors know how this amendment would impact real Minnesotans. If you need some help, check out my blog post on Tips for Having a Successful Conversation about Marriage and then hop over to print out the one-pager with 8 key facts that everyone needs to know about the amendment.
Be sure to wear your Vote No tshirt – it’s another easy way to get the conversation started!
Final plug: according to the volunteer, each local office is putting together kits with pledge forms and stickers that you can use at your National Night Out event. Get ten pledge forms? Ear a free Vote NO yard sign! If you already have one, it’s a great gift you can share with a neighbor.
Check out mnunited.org for a list of local offices. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a yard sign if you don’t already have one!
I found this video a while back and think it’s a great time to post as I’ve been talking a lot about how important individual conversations are. The 2-minute video above features a variety of Hollywood folks (including our favorite funny gal, Kathy Griffin) making marriage equality personal. Kathy starts out:
Ok, we all have friends, right? Now if somebody was going to hurt your friend, you wouldn’t let them. You would say something. You would do something.
While we all know the sad fact that Prop 8 passed in California, updating the state constitution to make same-sex marriage illegal, the video itself is still really effective. It’s effective because the various stars of the video make it personal:
When I heard about California’s Proposition 8, you know, the one that bans gay marriages… I thought of my friend Howard. My friend Sam. Rachel and Percy. I thought of my friend Sara. Changing the constitution to take away rights for my friend, the right to marry and have equal rights and live her life how she wants to do is something that I could never do. It’s not fair.
In addition, each person makes a plea to help get the word out:
It’s as easy as a call, a text or email to help spread this very important message. Do whatever you can, do whatever you can to reach out to loved ones, friends, families, enemies and urge them to not write discrimination into the California state constitution.
Take a few minutes to watch. Heck, I think I’m even going to drop Kath a note to see if she’ll send her support all the way up here to Minnesota. :)
Here’s to changing hearts and minds, one conversation at a time.
Please take a minute to watch this video. It’s crazy motivating to see how big an impact just one single voice can have on the outcome of this vote in NOvember. I posted this statistic previously, but 67% of voters are more likely to vote NO after hearing from someone they know. I’ll repeat one thing the video has to say:
Spread the word.
Let’s beat this.
It’s a fact: People are 67% more likely to move to our side when they hear from people they know.
This should make each and every single one of us sit up and take notice. If you wonder why everyone in this campaign continues to hit hard on having the conversation, this is the reason. People are 67% more likely to vote NO when they hear from us. This is especially true if you are LGBT.
If you aren’t sure where to start, I just posted 13 Tips on having a conversation about marriage. Start there. Minnesotan’s United has an entire section dedicated to having conversations. Be sure to check it out!