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Lynne Osterman Applauds Ohio Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman

Friday, March 15, 2013

Former Representative Urges Minnesota Republicans to follow Portman’s lead

Contact:  Jake Loesch, Communications Director
Phone: 763-218-4810

March 15, 2013 – New Hope, MN – In an encouraging move today, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman from Ohio announced that he now supports allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Senator Portman, a leading conservative voice, becomes the newest member of a wave of Republicans who have come to the conclusion that allowing same-sex couples to legally marry accords with Republican values of small government and individual liberty.

Lynne Osterman, the former Minnesota Republican State Representative who spoke out passionately this week in favor of legislation that would ensure same-sex couples are able to marry (SF925/HF1054), released the following statement regarding Senator Portman’s announcement:

“I ran as a Republican for the Minnesota House of Representatives because of my interest in small government – which includes keeping our government out of individual’s lives as much as possible. It is not for government to dictate whose love is more worthy or valid of recognition or which families matter more than others.

I applaud Senator Portman’s leadership and support of marriage for same-sex couples. Our shared American values include a fierce commitment to fairness, respect for our neighbors, and equal treatment under the law, which includes extending the basic freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

Republican elected officials in Minnesota have a unique opportunity to stand on the right side of history and strengthen marriage and families by supporting SF925 and HF1054 this year. I urge conservative leaders in the Minnesota Legislature to follow Senator Portman’s lead and support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in our state. It is not only the fair and respectful thing to do, it is the right thing to do. No one should be told that it is illegal to marry the person they love.”

Added Minnesotans United Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom, “Supporting the freedom to marry is increasingly attracting extensive bipartisan support both in Minnesota and across the country, as citizens talk about why marriage matters and why excluding people from the civil institution of marriage is wrong. Minnesotans know that freedom means freedom for everyone, and that 2013 is the year to ensure that state law no longer excludes some people from marrying just because of who they are.”

Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012, is committed to securing the freedom to marry for loving and committed same-sex couples in 2013. 

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