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URGENT ACTION NEEDED to Let the People Vote in Minnesota!

 

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We’ve just received word that the decisive vote could come as early as this afternoon in the Minnesota House of Representatives, allowing the voters of Minnesota to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Voters in 31 other states have already been able to vote on the definition of marriage, and Minnesota voters want the same right. Surveys show that 74% of voters want the ability to decide the marriage issue themselves.

Urgent Action Needed Now to let the people vote in Minnesota!

Gay marriage advocates are mounting a furious last-minute assault on Republican legislators in an effort to cow them into delaying the vote authorizing the marriage amendment until sometime next year. They are rallying supporters all around the country to contact Minnesota legislators asking them to stop the marriage amendment.

Here's what I need you to do:

  1. Take Action! 

    First and foremost, if you live in Minnesota, contact your legislators immediately! Republican legislators especially need to hear from you! We've set up an action alert so that you can easily send your message to your own state representative, with a copy going to every member of the Republican Caucus in the House.  Even if you've contacted your representative already, please send another email today reminding them how urgent this is. Click here to send your message urging them to let the people vote!

    Remind them that legislators are not being asked to cast a vote on same-sex marriage, they are being asked to let the people decide! And let them know that any vote to postpone or block the vote will be considered a vote against the amendment.

  2. Even if you do not live in Minnesota, I need you to get involved by sending this message to anyone you know who lives in Minnesota, with a message letting them know that we urgently need their help. We need to counter the thousands of email messages coming in from same-sex marriage supporters all around the country, and can only do it with your help.
  3. Finally, we are calling for Minnesotans of all walks of life to come together at the Capitol tomorrow morning, urging legislators to let the people vote. We’ll be meeting in front of the House chambers (on the 2nd floor) at 10:30am. Opponents are planning to pack the Capitol, and your legislators need to see and hear from you as they prepare to vote! I know it’s short notice, but if you can drop everything and come to the Capitol tomorrow morning, please do it! And bring signs that say "Let the People Vote!"

    Minnesota State Capitol
    10:30am, Thursday, May 19th

    75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    St. Paul, Minnesota  55155

    Click here for directions, a map, and parking details.

Please act right away. This issue could be taken up by the House of Representatives as early as this afternoon. We urgently need thousands of our supporters to email Republican legislators in Minnesota right away. Please click here to take action right now!

Thank you for your help!

Brian Brown

Faithfully,

Brian Brown

Brian S. Brown

President

National Organization for Marriage

20 Comments

  1. SC Guy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I don't live in Minnesota but I sure hope that the state legislature gets this issue behind them. We need to put it to a vote. I wasn't thrilled to see that there are at least 2 Republicans out of the 72-62 GOP majority in the MN House that are opposed to the amendment. We got 1 DFL senator to support it in the end and I'm trusting we can pick up a couple of moderate Dems in the house too.

  2. Sam
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I see day after day how religion kills innocent minds. How many of you think by yourselves and not according to that stupid moral rules? All of you are surrounded by gay people who think in better things that hurting other people without any real reason.

    While you are wasting your time trying to difficult the life of people like you (your neighbor, your doctor, your son or daughter,...), the half of the human population is dying of hunger, oceans are being contaminated with our trash, and people in your own country is having real difficulties to survive.

    I can not believe how people is so fool believing in unicorns. I can not understand how people suposed to be intelligent believe that all the pain in the world is caused by people that loves like you.

    Love truly can change the world, religion only divides the world in dominating ignorants and normal people who have to carry with them.

    Think by yourself, travel, see how really looks like the world and then, decide if all this stuff is useful for you as a human, or is making you being hurtful with innocent people.

    I'm sure writing this is a waste of time, but well, your trying to hurting people like me because of nothing, and I'm trying to make you to decide if what you're doing is right or not, and when I say you i'm reffering to YOURSELF, and not what a dominating ignorant believes.

    I hope your life is so wonderful like mine, and I hope anybody decide to hurt you because of your weight or your intelligence.

  3. Mike Brooks
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Sam -

    You lost me at "stupid moral rules." Stupidest comment ever. Hope you get the circulation back in your fingers after all that wasted typing that no one is going to read.

  4. Marty
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Love truly CAN save the world. Too bad Sam has so much hatred for his fellow man.

  5. marriageequality=oneman+onewoman
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Lenin...they certainly weren't "innocent minds, blinded by religion." And I'm guessing it wasn't unicorns that motivated Mother Theresa, or the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.

  6. Marty
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
    John F. Kennedy

  7. John M.
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    The proposed Gay Marriage Ban would expand government control and restrict the freedom of consenting adults to live their own lives as they choose.

    Marriage is a private matter between two consenting adults. Marriage is a fundamental human right, and all personal relationships, including marriage, should be at the sole discretion and agreement of the individuals involved, as well as any family, friends, or religious institutions they may choose to involve.

    Government has no business restricting or interfering with marriage. This ban would create a caste system by dividing society into two classes: those who are permitted to marry, and those who are not. I oppose any attempt to place a marriage ban before voters, as the trappings of democracy do not legitimize infringements upon personal liberty; a 51% majority does not have the right to force its will upon the other 49%.

    Support a free society, where 1% can still be free to live their own lives as they choose, even if 99% might disapprove. Furthermore, I call upon legislators to expand liberty by repealing the existing statutory gay marriage ban.

  8. Carry wood
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Some laws exist to protect the most vulnerable in society our children and their exploitation. Not to mention the institutions society has created as incentives to further and encourage the goal of stability and responsible procreation. The private matter between two consenting adults has to be a much lower priority for the good of the majority the whole of society. Marriage and rewards or benefits encourage and promotes behaviors society has collectively determined to insure the best development and child outcome. People are encouraged and supported to make better choices and discouraged from irresponsible procreation and bad societal outcomes.

    Marriage was not created as an institution to support the private whims of individuals.

  9. afdasf
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    "The proposed Gay Marriage Ban would expand government control and restrict the freedom of consenting adults to live their own lives as they choose."

    Um, no it wouldn't. They'd still be able to live together; they just wouldn't be able to call it something it isn't.

    "Marriage is a private matter between two consenting adults."

    It is also the foundation of a healthy family, which requires a mother and a father.

    "Marriage is a fundamental human right, and all personal relationships, including marriage, should be at the sole discretion and agreement of the individuals involved, as well as any family, friends, or religious institutions they may choose to involve."

    Is it a human right to marry your cousin? How about someone who's already married? Do the same arguments not apply?

    "This ban would create a caste system by dividing society into two classes: those who are permitted to marry, and those who are not."

    Everybody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is allowed to marry virtually anybody they want, provided their intended spouse is:

    1) Single
    2) A consenting adult
    3) Not genetically related
    4) A member of the opposite sex

    "51% majority does not have the right to force its will upon the other 49%. "

    Sorry pal, that's how democracy works. You don't always get your way.

    "Support a free society, where 1% can still be free to live their own lives as they choose, even if 99% might disapprove."

    I thought it wasn't a choice. You need to keep your stories straight. And once again, I'd like to remind you that there is no law forbidding gay couples from living together. They have the right to live however they want under the law, but they don't have the right to redefine marriage. That's what issue is.

  10. John M.
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    @carry wood -- not every marriage produces children; not every marriage is a good one; not every marriage is healthy (look at former Gov, Mark Sanford, Shwarzenegger and Gringrich as prime examples) --- so your entire argument falls flat on its face.

  11. Gothelittle
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    "Marriage is a private matter between two consenting adults."

    Precisely!

    If a gay couple want to go find a willing minister, say their vows, wear the rings, and call themselves married, there is no problem with that whatsoever!

    The problem happens when the gay couple wants to force the government to record, recognize, and provide government responsibilities and benefits for that relationship.

    If SSM advocates really don't want to spread government power over gays, then they should oppose SSM legalization with all that's in them.

  12. ConservativeNY
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    "not every marriage produces children; not every marriage is a good one; not every marriage is healthy (look at former Gov, Mark Sanford, Shwarzenegger and Gringrich as prime examples) --- so your entire argument falls flat on its face."

    Not at all. Marriage is between a man and a woman not because they are required to produce children, but because they are the only type of couple that CAN produce children.

  13. bill cope
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    John, just because a few can't honor the commitment of marriage doesn't make it a "bad argument" or ideal for the majority who do.

  14. Carry wood
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    @John M, are you against traffic laws because some motorists ignore them? Hardly an argument that falls flat on its face, because of scoff law violators.
    As a educator, I feel bad because your teachers or parents did not show you what a marriage is and and is not. I've seen more and more confused children which means can no longer assume they just know. We make an effort every day to teach children what a marriage is and why it exists.

  15. Ken
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Just as they did in Massachusetts, anti-gay activists are attempting to mischaracterize the constitutional amendment process to mislead voters. When a proposed amendment comes up for a vote in the state legislature, elected representatives are being asked to cast a vote on the MERITS of the proposed amendment, not (as NOM wants people to believe) on whether or not to "let the people vote". That's a different question entirely. The tactic of mischaracterizing the process is what lead to people in Massachusetts falsely claiming (and some actually believing) that they had a "right" to vote on marriage and that it was stolen by the legislature.

  16. Mike P.
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Ken- they are voting on both the procedural and substantive issues. It is only after a referendum that such an amendment becomes part of a state constitution; that is why it is called a *legislatively-referred* constitutional amendment.

    SC Guy- the press, as usual, is emphasizing the GOP opponents, rather than any DFL supporters. By my count, there are at least 9 current DFLers in the MN House who supported the amendment in the past.

  17. John N.
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    To Ken:

    I live in MA so there is no comparison. We the voters had the right and it was taken away. This is what happens in a one party state. The liberal dems caved in to the homosexual agenda.

    To my fellow NOM supporters here is what Ken left out. The SSM advocates went to the same MA court that gave SSM and tried to block the vote. BUT THE SAME COURT THAT GAVE SSM RULED THAT WE THE PEOPLE HAD A RIGHT TO VOTE ON MARRIAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is what he left out. Anyways the people of MN are smarter, if you want your right to vote then vote out the liberal Dems who are blocking your right. This they did.

  18. Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Marriage is an institution created by God to bring glory to Him when done according to His law. The LORD does not recognize the unnatural participation of sexual perversions between same gender people as any form of marriage. Our Creator does describe the sexual immorality of this type as an abomination unto Him. Marriage was instituted in the beginning of creation and is utilized to figuratively testify of Jesus Christ and His church (i.e. eternal church consisting of His people throughout all ages). God made them male and female, and the two became one flesh...this is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Ephesian s 5:32). There is a oneness union necessary to bring forth fruit unto God, and this union is figuratively like a marriage between the believers, and the resurrected Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 5:22-33 & Romans 7:1-6, 1Corinthians 6:17).

    P.S. to Sam: Regarding your comment refering to "unicorns", if you are refering to the usage of the word as is translated in some English Biblical translations, you should know that the ideas of "unicorns" have been twisted and made into fantasy by many who have not the understanding of the truth of Scripture. If you read through the Adam Clarke's commentary (google search it) on the following verse, he offers some good explanations regarding this word. As it seems, this animal that is utilized to represent the stregth of leading out the children/nation of Israel/Jacob from the land of Egypt, is of a bull like manner, and is not fitting the description of any horse. The ideas brought forth from the British military using a drawing/picture of this fantasy type of creature, was probably brought forth and developed from a practice of mounting/strapping an artificial horn, or pointed appendage onto their battle horses, to assist in defeating their enemies. Sure makes more sense than an evolving horse. If we examine the Latin translation, we see the word is quite similar to how we describe the rhinocerous today. Where do we find rhinocerous today? Where is their natural habitat? Asia and Africa. Where were the chldren of Israel leaving from as desribed in the book of Exodous? Africa.

    Num 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. (KJV)
    Num 23:22 Deus eduxit eum de Aegypto cuius fortitudo similis est rinocerotis (Latin Vulgate)

    And another thing Sam. The people of God who are speaking the truth to you and others who are trapped in these types of sin, have an element of love in that by testifying of God's law pertaining to this topic, there is hope that some will recognize the truth of the Word of God and hear the only way to be saved, and would repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Truly it is God Who has shown His great love(agape) for us, in that He has provided a way to escape His judgement according to His law, which must be delt with (examine Romans 3:26 closely, also read Romans 5:8 pertaining to "agape", this God kind of love), by offering up His Only Begotten Son (of which was the ONLY One qualified to perform this Eternal Sacrifice - read about Cain and Abel, as they are a foreshadowing of the Proper Offering - by the shedding of blood, there is remission of sins) as a sin offering for His people (read Romans 4:25). That is ultimate love, made possible by "our Father which art in heaven..."(Matthew6:9 & Luke11:2) - (see also Luke 18:13, Jonah 3:8, Luke 11:30)

    Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Jon 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
    1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
    1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
    1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    Pro 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

    Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
    Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
    Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

    Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
    Joh 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
    Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
    Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
    Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
    Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
    Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

    Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
    Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  19. Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Marriage is an institution created by God to bring glory to Him when done according to His law. The LORD does not recognize the unnatural participation of sexual perversions between same gender people as any form of marriage. Our Creator does describe the sexual immorality of this type as an abomination unto Him. Marriage was instituted in the beginning of creation and is utilized to figuratively testify of Jesus Christ and His church (i.e. eternal church consisting of His people throughout all ages). God made them male and female, and the two became one flesh...this is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Ephesian s 5:32). There is a oneness union necessary to bring forth fruit unto God, and this union is figuratively like a marriage between the believers, and the resurrected Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 5:22-33 & Romans 7:1-6, 1Corinthians 6:17).

    P.S. to Sam: Regarding your comment refering to "unicorns", if you are refering to the usage of the word as is translated in some English Biblical translations, you should know that the ideas of "unicorns" have been twisted and made into fantasy by many who have not the understanding of the truth of Scripture. If you read through the Adam Clarke's commentary (google search it) on the following verse, he offers some good explanations regarding this word. As it seems, this animal that is utilized to represent the stregth of leading out the children/nation of Israel/Jacob from the land of Egypt, is of a bull like manner, and is not fitting the description of any horse. The ideas brought forth from the British military using a drawing/picture of this fantasy type of creature, was probably brought forth and developed from a practice of mounting/strapping an artificial horn, or pointed appendage onto their battle horses, to assist in defeating their enemies. Sure makes more sense than an evolving horse. If we examine the Latin translation, we see the word is quite similar to how we describe the rhinocerous today. Where do we find rhinocerous today? Where is their natural habitat? Asia and Africa. Where were the chldren of Israel leaving from as desribed in the book of Exodous? Africa.

    Num 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. (KJV)
    Num 23:22 Deus eduxit eum de Aegypto cuius fortitudo similis est rinocerotis (Latin Vulgate)

    And another thing Sam. The people of God who are speaking the truth to you and others who are trapped in these types of sin, have an element of love in that by testifying of God's law pertaining to this topic, there is hope that some will recognize the truth of the Word of God and hear the only way to be saved, and would repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Truly it is God Who has shown His great love(agape) for us, in that He has provided a way to escape His judgement according to His law, which must be delt with (examine Romans 3:26 closely, also read Romans 5:8 pertaining to "agape", this God kind of love), by offering up His Only Begotten Son (of which was the ONLY One qualified to perform this Eternal Sacrifice - read about Cain and Abel, as they are a foreshadowing of the Proper Offering - by the shedding of blood, there is remission of sins) as a sin offering for His people (read Romans 4:25). That is ultimate love, made possible by "our Father which art in heaven..."(Matthew6:9 & Luke11:2) - (see also Luke 18:13, Jonah 3:8, Luke 11:30)

  20. AmericaIsBetterThanThis
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Marriage has been redefined over and over again throughout history. First it was a transfer of property between men, and up until marriage was redefined in Loving v Virginia you could have added a fifth point to that list: Must not be between blacks and whites. Marriage is hardly the monolithic, unchanging bedrock of society this organization suggests. The transparent nature of these arguments serve only to mask the true motive behind the anti-gay industry: personal prejudice against gay people.

    Additionally, same-sex couples DO have the potential to create genetically unique children with their partners. Look up somatic nuclear transfer.