A new video supporting marriage equality in Minnesota sees one older adult couple talk about what marriage means to them.
Couple Yvonne and Fred, from Duluth, Minnesota, who have a gay grandson, say in the video that their marriage has been the abiding support and cherished theme of their lives and that, because of that, they would not want to deny gay and lesbian couples the rights of marriage.
The video is the first TV ad to be aired by Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality organization campaigning against Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Says Fred in the video:
The world is changing – gay and lesbian people want to get married for the same reason that I wanted to marry my wife. Why shouldn’t other people enjoy the happiness and the love that we’ve enjoyed for our lifetime?
Watch the moving Freedom to Marry video, simply titled “Grandparents,” below:
When Minnesotans go to the ballot this November they will be asked to decide on whether they want to change Minnesota’s constitution to codify an existing state ban on same-sex marriage. The Republican controlled legislature pushed this ban through even though marriage equality isn’t legal in the state, and they did so using a scaremongering tactic that the change is necessary to prevent “activist judges” from overturning the statute.
The state’s religious conservatives have also reacted strongly against the proposed title for the ballot initiative. The title reads “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples” and was issued by the state’s administration following a symbolic veto by Governor Mark Dayton which empowered Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to come up with a new ballot title. Religious conservatives preferred the title approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in May 2011, which read: “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman.” They complain that the new title puts a pro-gay bias on the language. LGBT rights groups point out it accurately and succinctly says what will be lost in writing this change into the state’s constitution.
Thomson Reuters, General Mills and a host of other companies have come out against Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, all highlighting that they believe it would be bad for business and would wound the state in terms of what benefits businesses could offer to attract out-of-area talent.
President Obama, even before he publicly announced his support for marriage equality, called the Minnesota amendment “divisive” and “discriminatory.
A recent poll by Public Policy Polling, showed that 49% of Minnesota voters were against the ban being codified, with only 43% saying they favored the move. This was a marked change since the last poll in January when 48% of respondents said they favored writing the ban into the state’s constitution.
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