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Asian Pacific Americans Urge Community to Vote No on Marriage Amendment

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, local leaders guided a community panel Defining Marriage: What it means for Asian Pacific Islander Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 612-460-1219

October 23, 2012 – Saint Paul, MN – On Saturday, October 20, nearly 70 local members of the Twin Cities Asian Pacific Islander Community came together with leadership from Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and School Board member Kaying Thao. The panelists facilitated a robust converstaion about the freedom to marry and the impacts that the hurtful marriage amendment would have on their communities.

A large gathering of community members both young and old gathered to join this important discussion about not limiting the freedom to marry. Minnesotans United Organizer Amy Johnson noted, “Today marks the official launch of the grassroots efforts within the Asian Pacific Islander Community to defeat this hurtful amendment. With two weeks until Election Day we are reaching out to everyone to have the conversation about voting NO!”

Amee Xiong also helped organize the event.

“Communities across Minnesota are having important conversations about how marriage is about love, committment, and respnsibility” said Xiong.. “The Asian Pacific Islander Community believes in the value of treating your neighbor how you would want to be treated. This event highlighted how we all can agree that no one should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love.”

Those in attendance were joined with Choi and Thao for the event, including Spoken-word artist Sonic and Hamline student Kevin Yang who provided a spoken word and poetry performance. At the conclusion of the event attendees signed up for volunteer shifts with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign to defeat the proposed amendment that would limit the freedom to marry in Minnesota.

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