Sen. Franken Jokes Microwaves Important Tool In Gay Marriage Battle

Speaking to more than 3,000 marriage restriction amendment foes, U.S. Senator Al Franken urged people to get out the vote in the final days before the election. Even if it means leaving your kids alone at home – he joked.

“I don’t want any of you to wake up on November 7th and say to yourself, ‘You know, I wish I had worked a little bit harder on this,’” said Senator Franken on Oct. 29, with a little more than a week remaining before the election.

He pleaded with the crowd to sign up for shifts with Minnesota United for All Families to knock on doors or make calls.

“Are you going to sign up?” Franken asked. The crowd roared back a resounding “yes.”

What microwaves have to do with getting out the vote

Citing the urgency of the campaign to talk with neighbors and friends, Franken urged parents to sign up, at any cost.

“Some of you have families, ignore them…I see a lot of kids here, so I see a lot of parents here. An eight-year-old knows how to microwave (to make dinner),” joked Franken to a crowd that exploded into laughter.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Keith Ellison and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe also spoke at the rally. Sen. Klobuchar stressed the importance of talking with neighbors and those who might not share the same political views as you to win the campaign to vote no. She also reminded the audience of Minnesota’s 1993 Human Rights Act and its author, the late Minnesota State Senator Allan Spear. The act guaranteed protection from discrimination in education, employment, and housing to the GLBT community. The Human Rights Act was not the only first in Minnesota’s history when it comes to protecting gay rights.

“In 1973 the Minnesota state Senate was the first state legislative body in the country to pass a gay rights bill. That bill paved the way for other states to pass a gay rights bills across the country. And it made a difference,” proclaimed Klobuchar.

Minnesota United for All Families says support and opposition for the amendment is in a dead heat. The group is making a final push ahead of Tuesday, November 6, in hopes of gaining an edge.

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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