Pro-marriage amendment group releases two television ads
Minnesota for Marriage, the main group supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, has released two television advertisements that will run in the final weeks leading up to Election Day.
Both ads stress the theme of voter choice on whether or not gay men and women should be able to marry in the state. Gay marriage is illegal in Minnesota under state law, but the proposed amendment would enshrine anti-gay marriage language into the state’s Constitution, making it impossible for future legislatures to overturn.
“Who should decide the definition of marriage?” asked former Channel 5 news anchor Kalley Yanta at the start of the ad. Yanta has been featured in many of the group’s videos, including its “Minnesota Marriage Minute” web series. “We think it should be the people, not judges or politicians.”
Minnesotans United for All Families, the chief group campaigning in opposition of the amendment, released this statement on the ads from spokesman Richard Carlbom.
“The proposed constitutional amendment would limit the freedom to marry for some Minnesotans just because of who they are — it permanently singles out and excludes gay and lesbian couples from the love, commitment and responsibility that marriage brings. We all agree that marriage is important, which is why we wouldn’t want to deny this basic freedom to any loving, committed couple. There are churches on all sides of this debate. This amendment mixes religion and politics in our constitution. The best thing to do is to take government out of this debate. In fact, passing this amendment would permanently end the conversation for the next generation of Minnesotans.”
Here are the two ads: