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Wheelock Whitney Statement on President Obama’s Endorsement of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone: 815-343-9299

May 9, 2012 — Saint Paul, Minnesota – President Barack Obama today endorsed marriage for same-sex couples. Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign to defeat the proposed Constitutional Amendment to limit the freedom to marry in Minnesota, released the following statement from Campaign Board Member Wheelock Whitney:

“Across this country, people are reaching the conclusion that it is wrong to make it illegal to marry the person you love. As a Republican, and as a man who has a son and a grandson who are gay, this is a positive development in America’s conversation on what marriage means and how the freedom to marry is intrinsic in our nation’s dedication to the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“This fall, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for some couples. For months, we’ve been having a conversation about what marriage means to us, and that conversation is happening in every part of our state. We know limiting that freedom is not in our state’s strong tradition of practicing the golden rule, of rejecting too much intrusion into our personal lives, and of not mixing religion and politics. There is not a bone in my conservative body that tells me that we should limit the freedom to marry for committed, same-sex couples.

“As support for defeating this amendment grows across this state, I am as confident as ever that Minnesotans will defeat this freedom-limiting Amendment in November. President Obama’s announcement today is a welcome development in this ongoing conversation.

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