Dear Marriage Supporter,
Shortly before midnight Central Time on Saturday, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted 70-62 in a bipartisan majority to let the people of Minnesota vote on a constitutional amendment to protect marriage. Following passage in the Senate earlier this month, the amendment now heads to the 2012 statewide ballot to be voted on by Minnesota voters.
Congratulations and thanks to each of you who made phone calls, emailed, prayed, or contacted friends to support passage of the amendment through the House. And special thanks to the Republican leadership for bringing the amendment to a vote, and to the Minnesota Family Council and Minnesota Majority for their tireless efforts, especially over the past several weeks.
Yesterday, NOM issued a statement promising our support for the upcoming ballot measure campaign, and in the weeks ahead we will begin to focus on how we can support the campaign. But before turning our attention to November 2012, I'd like to ask Minnesota residents to take a moment to say "Thank you!" to the state legislators who voted to send this amendment to the voters.
Many of these senators and representatives have been under intense pressure in recent weeks, as same-sex marriage advocates have tried to peel away the votes needed to defeat the amendment. Let them know they did the right thing in trusting their constituents to have the final say on marriage. Send your message today!
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
P.S.: Your support makes these victories possible! Already this year, together we have shocked the pundits with victories in Maryland and Rhode Island, and marriage amendments are now moving forward in Minnesota and Indiana. But we're still in the thick of it in New York, as gay marriage advocates pull out all the stops in an effort to round up 6 more votes in the state senate. The Prop 8 and DOMA litigation is headed for the Supreme Court, and the Minnesota amendment campaign will require millions to educate voters and combat misinformation. With your help, we can meet each of these challenges. Would you make a donation of $25, $50 or $100 today to help protect marriage from wherever the need arises? Thank you!