Republicans Join Minnesotans United in Opposing anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

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On October 6, a group of Minnesota Republicans joined Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. This video of a press conference at the State Office Building in Saint Paul was taken by Chris Farmer-Lies of Minnesotans United.

“As Republicans, we believe in limited government, individual freedom, fiscal restraint, a strong national defense, and the moral values that come from the building blocks of our society — our churches and the institution of marriage,” said Dale Carpenter, a board member of Republicans Against the Marriage Amendment (RAMMA). “This amendment does nothing to protect marriage. Instead, it asks the voters to support more government interference and limits on personal liberty. This directly contradicts Republican principles.”

Carpenter was joined by University of Minnesota constitutional law professor and former Bush White House counsel Richard Painter, Susan Kimberly, former deputy mayor of Saint Paul under Norm Coleman, State Representative John Kriesel, and Wheelock Whitney, former candidate for Governor and long-time Republican advisor. Along with RAMMA, the Log Cabin Republicans will join the coalition of groups under the umbrella of Minnesotans United for All Families.

“I fundamentally believe in limited government. It’s the reason I’m a Republican and why I do not support an amendment that looks to define marriage as between one man and one woman,” said Representative John Kreisel. “We in the group that stands here today are all Minnesotans; Minnesotans who believe in limited government; Minnesotans who will work hard to elect Republicans candidates up and down ticket next fall; Minnesotans who will work hard to defeat this amendment — because it’s the right thing to do.”

“I am a life-long Republican, a Republican candidate for Governor and the U.S. Senate, a supporter of every Republican president and Tim Pawlenty’s candidacy for the presidency and I believe there is nothing in the Republican value system that would justify a marriage ban in our constitution,” said Wheelock Whitney.

Kimberly noted that Republicans share core values including a deep and enduring respect for the constitution. “It is not conservative or Republican to amend the Minnesota Constitution in this manner,” she said. “I know I’m joined by other Republicans who will campaign to advance Republican policies, in support of Republican candidates, and campaign to say no to the proposed anti-marriage amendment.”

RAMMA said it will work to correct the myths that have multiplied from the marriage amendment debates. “Defeating this amendment by voting ‘no’ does not threaten any other rights or freedoms,” said Carpenter. “Our stand against the marriage ban is a conservative one, upholding this societal building block while not limiting freedom, a position that we Republicans can endorse with others across the political spectrum.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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