Interesting MPR story that talks about how the African American community continues to support the marriage amendment on ballots this fall. Last week the pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist church, Jerry McAfee, brought together Baptist and Pentecostal preachers and even a representative from the Minnesota Catholic Conference to talk about why they all support the ballot measure. The pastor also invited opponents to speak to the group. Both Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Karen Clark were among the attendees.
However, according to MPR, the audience clearly was made up of mostly amendment supporters:
President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage was disparaged by several of the speakers. The mostly African-American crowd of about 100 remained quiet as amendment opponents made their cases, but applauded vigorously when the ministers spoke.
I just don’t understand how one minority group thinks that it’s ok to let the majority vote on another minority’s rights. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. If we can’t even get other minority groups to stand with us, what chance do we have?
I know that I posted about this the other day, and I know it’s a long shot, but I wanted to post some additional press coverage on the bill that has been introduced to block the marriage amendment from making it to the ballot this November in Minnesota.
It’s appalling that we would try to do this kind of constitutional amendment… It’s not in step with most of Minnesota. It’s a lot of time, energy and money that’s being wasted on something that will hopefully fail anyway.
Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis
Yesterday, January 13, Representative Karen Clark (DFL) introduced a bill in the Minnesota House to remove the marriage amendment from the 2012 ballot.
Unfortunately, I don’t see the amendment being removed from the ballot due to the fact that there hasn’t been a significant change in the population of those who voted to put the measure on the ballot in the first place. Regardless, it’s a very welcome message from Clark and Minnesota to say: We stand for fairness.