MN Clergy Bless “Vote No” Bus As It Travels State

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A bus plastered with the Minnesota United for All Families signature orange and blue VOTE NO sign was parked outside of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on November 1 awaiting the blessing of 150 clergy members who gathered for a special service less than a week away from the crucial decision on Minnesota’s Marriage Restriction Amendment.

At a special All Saints Day service, pastor Kelly Clement from the Minnesota Coalition for Reproductive Choice said that God’s word was meant to unite and not divide people over this issue. “I’m really tired of being told that because my values don’t line up with somebody else’s that my values don’t come out of my faith. In fact they do come out of my faith. We’re all children of God,” said Clement.

Singing hymns and songs of praise, members of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s chorus brought those in attendance to tears. The Reverend Bradley Schmeling from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul read a scripture asking people to, “unbind themselves” as we approach Tuesday’s election.

All 150 clergy in attendance descended on the Minnesota United for All Families bus to offer a prayer as it tours Minnesota. The tour will conclude on Tuesday when voters decide the fate of the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry between one man and one woman.

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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