Please come to the Capitol at 10:00 a.m. to rally against the amendment. Only our voices can persuade enough legislators to defeat this discriminatory proposal.
Also, call your senator and tell him/her to oppose the amendment! All you need to know is your zip code. Just dial this toll-free number:
From this number, the OutFront system will automatically connect you with your elected officials. Just press 1 and follow the prompts that will connect you directly to your Minnesota State Representative and Senator — all toll-free. You can call in more than once to reach both of your legislators.
It is vital that undecided and swing vote senators from the suburbs and Greater Minnesota hear from their constituents in opposition to the amendment. Tell your friends and family who live in these places to contact their senators to vote no on the amendment! Have them call 1.855.508.6473 today!
If you're unable to speak with your senator, be sure to leave a voicemail. Tell them you're their constituent (mention your address) and leave them a brief message urging them to defeat this divisive amendment that will hurt Minnesota families.
5/9/11: Friends, I've heard that just one more "no" vote from the House Rules Committee is required to stop the discriminatory "marriage amendment" bill in its tracks!
The vote on the bill has already been delayed once. Now is the time to call legislators and tell them of your support for marriage equality and urge them to vote “NO” on the current legislative bills to place a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the ballot in 2012.
House Rules Committee Membership
NOTE: The Democratic legislators are all on board, so please focus on calling the Republican ones listed below.
Matt Dean (R) – 651.296.3018
Kurt Daudt (R) – 651.296.5364
Gene Pelowski Jr. (DFL) – 651.296.8637
Sarah Anderson (R) – 651.296.5511
King Banaian (R) – 651.296.6612
John Benson (DFL) – 651.296.9934
Kathy Brynaert (DFL) – 651.296.3248
Rod Hamilton (R) – 651.296.5373
Debra Hilstrom (DFL) – 651.296.3709
Joe Hoppe (R) – 651.296.5066
Larry Howes (R) – 651.296.2451
Tim Kelly (R) – 651.296.8635
Kate Knuth (DFL) – 651.296.0141
Carolyn Laine (DFL) – 651.296.4331
Leon Lillie (DFL) – 651.296.1188
Tara Mack (R) – 651.296.5506
Denny McNamara (R) – 651.296.3135
Erin Murphy (DFL) – 651.296.8799
Bud Nornes (R) – 651.296.4946
Kim Norton (DFL) – 651.296.9249
Michael Paymar (DFL) – 651.296.4199
Joyce Peppin (R) – 651.296.7806
Peggy Scott (R) – 651.296.4231
Paul Thissen (DFL) – 651.296.5375
Torrey Westrom (R) – 651.296.4929
For more information and updates, click here.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Opposition to the Marriage Amendment Grows
Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: An Overview
Tips on Speaking as a Catholic in Support of Marriage Equality
Winona Daily News Calls Proposed Marriage Amendment "Bigoted" and "Malicious"
Law Professor: Marriage Amendment is Divisive and Mean-Spirited
Rep. Steve Simon on Gay Marriage and the Arc of History
Disappointing, But Not Unexpected: "Marriage Amendment" Bill Passes MN Senate Judiciary Committee
Governor Mark Dayton to LGBT Advocates: "I Stand with You"
A Celebration of Faith and Family; A Call for Compassion and Fairness
Quote of the Day – November 4, 2010
A Message for NOM (and the Catholic Hierarchy
Minnesotans Rally for Equality and Love
Responding to Bishop Tobin's Remarks on Gay Marriage
Archbishop Nienstedt Calls (Again) for a Marriage Amendment to Minnesota's Constitution
A Catholic Statement of Support for Same-Sex Marriage
Recommended Off-site Links:
Most U.S. Catholics Back Civil Marriage for Gays – Lou Chibbaro Jr. (The Washington Blade, March 31, 2011).
Catholics More Supportive of Gay Rights Than General Public, Other Christians – Michael Sean Winters (National Catholic Reporter, March 22, 2011 – via The Progressive Catholic Voice).
U.S. Catholics Break with Church Hierarchy on Gay Relationships – Cathy Lynn Grossman (USA Today, March 23, 2011).
Banning Gay Marriage Would Institutionalize Injustice – Gary Boelhower (Duluth News Tribune, May 1, 2011).