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Iron Range Residents Rally to Vote No on Freedom-Limiting Marriage Amendment

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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July 10, 2012 – Hibbing, MN – More than 100 residents from across the Iron Range rallied Tuesday evening at the Hibbing Community College to organize efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry.

Local teachers, faith leaders, businesspeople and community members listened to speakers and local leaders explain why they oppose the amendment at the Hibbing/Chisholm Vote NO Community Kick-off. Many Iron Range leaders were also in attendance, including Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata, Chisholm Mayor Mike Jugovich, and former Minnesota State Representative Tony Sertich, who told the audience that the proposed amendment would represent too much government intrusion into the personal lives of Minnesotans.

“I’ve been married for four wonderful years,” said Sertich. “No government, no person told me who I could be with, who I could marry. As an Iron Ranger, I’m a ‘live and let live’ type of person. If I should be able to be with the person I love, there’s no person who should have the government intrude into their ability to do the same.”

Hibbing resident and Minnesotans United for All Families volunteer Rinna Waters shared her story about why she’s voting no as a born-again Christian.

“I was always taught to treat others as I want to be treated, to love my neighbor as I love myself,” said Waters. “I was never told that there were limitations to love, quite the opposite in fact. I was told I was to love and accept others as God has loved us. That God loves each of us just the way we are. He created us all, and I want to show that as a Christian, I believe this amendment is wrong for Minnesota, and that’s why I’m voting no.”

“Who am I to tell my constituents what their family can look like?” said State Representative Carly Melin. “It’s not government’s job to tell people what their family can look like. Families are like fingerprints – no two families are the same. And it’s certainly not the government’s role to get involved in our personal lives.”

Minnesotans United for All Families organized the event with local volunteers, spearheaded by the Hibbing/Chisholm/Iron Range community organizer for the campaign. Volunteers have been working for months, talking with voters on the phones during conversation drives. Just recently, the campaign opened an office in downtown Hibbing.

“Love belongs to everyone,” said Andrew Stout, a local volunteer with Minnesotans United. “None of us would want to be told that it’s illegal to marry the person we love. One day when I fall in love, I want to be able to get married. And this amendment hurts me.”

“The role of the Constitution is to protect freedoms, not take them away,” said Rep. Melin.

Minnesotans United for All Families is the official campaign working to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota.

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