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Minnesotans United Announces First Television Ad

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TV Spot Features Catholic, Republican Couple From Savage Discussing their Journey in Realizing No One Should Be Told It’s Illegal to Marry the Person You Love

Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 612-460-1219

September 18, 2012 – Saint Paul, MN – Today Minnesotans United for All Families will begin running a new television ad which features John and Kim Canny of Savage encouraging Minnesotans to Vote No on the proposed amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for committed gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota.

The ad features John and Kim, lifelong Republicans and Catholics who, like many Minnesotans, have been on a journey when it comes to the freedom to marry for committed, same-sex couples. John and Kim have been married for 13 years, raising three children in Savage. She describes her marriage by saying, “It’s a commitment to forever,” while John describes his own journey by saying, “Marriage is really important to me. I didn’t really think a lot about same-sex marriage.”

After a gay couple moved into their neighborhood with their adopted son, John and Kim realized that same-sex couples want to marry for similar reasons: to make a lifetime commitment based on love and responsibility. “They were the most wonderful neighbors. It taught all of us in our little suburban world,” said Kim.

John goes on to describe how their family came to the conclusion that they were voting no. “We did have some good discussions. In our daughter’s world, her normal is so much different than ours. It didn’t faze her at all.

“The Cannys, informed by their faith and conservative values, represent many Minnesotans who have come to the conclusion they don’t want to limit the freedom to marry for committed same-sex couples in this state and will vote no,” said Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager for Minnesotans United for All Families. “Like many Minnesotans, John and Kim have been influenced by friends, family and neighbors who would be impacted by this hurtful amendment. At the end of the day, they have concluded that that there are all kinds of Minnesota families, and no one would want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love.”

At the conclusion of the ad, Kim encourages Minnesotans, “It’s ok to take a second look,” while John says, “And when you do, vote no.”

Minnesotans United for All Families is the official coalition campaign working to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry in Minnesota. This ad is the first of a multi-million dollar ad buy that will continue through Election Day and encourage other Minnesotans to vote no on the amendment.

View the ad here.


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