Amendment foes take political blue ribbon

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2012 - 10:47 PM

At least, that's how the level of energy and interest looked one recent day at the State Fair .

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pohladsuxAug. 29, 12 9:47 PM

I fully support Minnesotans United For All Families, because it's the right thing to do. I want to be a part of history, but if not, I'm at least going to be on the right side of history.

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jdcarlinAug. 29, 12 9:52 PM

At the heart of Minnesota values is that we treat each other fairly and with dignity, and Minnesotans know that their gay and lesbian friends and family members deserve all the same rights and responsibilities as their heterosexual counterparts. Because they have all the same dreams and desires to form families and settle down and, yes, even get married. For a love is something that not everyone will find. When someone does find it, it should be something that is cherished by all, and certainly not something that our government should ban. This amendment has absolutely no place in our constitution, for the only state synonymous with "nice" lets our families make their own decisions. That is why we will VOTE NO!

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RandiReitanAug. 29, 12 9:53 PM

Wonderful to read this tonight. Gives this mom hope! Phil and I have been married for 40 years. We have rejoiced as our 3 oldest have found love and married. Our youngest son is gay. We only want for him what is precious to us. May Minnesotans remember their own wedding day as they vote. Please don't deny others what you hold dear.

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laughinguyAug. 29, 1210:13 PM

I'm glad you have your delusions to cling to Lori...they will keep you warm when the harsh winds of November blow cold reality on you.

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gogophersgo1Aug. 29, 1210:24 PM

I'm hopeful as well, but I fear that Vote No! is more publicly palatable, and that those for the amendment will do their voting in private versus at the fair. And please remember that it's vote NO on BOTH amendments. They both come from the same place of desperately holding on to power on the part of the right.

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shushyn78Aug. 29, 1210:27 PM

Spent many hours at the Fair last Saturday. Did not notice the booth, was not approached by anyone and didn't see anyone with a clipboard and one guy in some kind of vote no t-shirt. But I understand that Lori must propagandize this for all it's worth.

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mgstpaulAug. 29, 1210:42 PM

I'm hopeful that MN will "Vote No" and be the first state to say we refuse to legislate discrimination. However if the amendment passes, it's only a matter of time, because kids growing up today understand that being gay is not that big a deal. Playing "Life" with my 9-yr-old niece, I reached the "get married square," and her question was, "Do you want to get married to a man or to a woman? In the not so distant future, we'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

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merkinAug. 29, 1210:46 PM

The pro amendment people disgust me. They don't have the humanity I grew up with that made Minnesota a great state in this nation.

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jdcarlinAug. 29, 1211:00 PM

The passion in the opposition to this absolutely amazing. MN United has been running out of t-shirts and lawn signs. Part of it is massive theft by proponents of the measure, but the passion has lent itself to creativity, such as using driveways with chalk art, signs that can't be stolen. But one thing is clear: come November, this issue isn't going away. As long as momentum continues, no one will ever stop until this issue is resolved. And this amendment does anything but resolve this. Just VOTE NO!

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mnbizownerAug. 29, 1211:21 PM

I will not vote on this even though I know it will mean a "No" vote. It's ignorant and borderline evil for a majority to vote on what minorities can and cannot do. I can't believe the GOP put this garbage on the ballot. :(

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