Minnesota gay rights supporters say they are in constant battleFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- Gay rights supporters in Minnesota say they're in a constant battle, lately it has felt like a tug-of-war. On one hand you have our country's leader support for gay marriage, on the other a vote in Minnesota that if passed would move a ban against gay marriage into its constitution.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- Gay rights supporters in Minnesota say they're in a constant battle, lately it has felt like a tug-of-war. On one hand you have our country's leader support for gay marriage, on the other a vote in Minnesota that if passed would move a ban against gay marriage into its constitution.
President Obama: "I've come to the decision that I do support gay marriage."
It was a monumental day for gay activists, especially in states where gay marriage is banned, like Minnesota.
Megan Jensen/Minnesota United for All Families: "That was a really really good day, for a lot of people across Minnesota and the whole country."
At the same time a week and a half after the statement its power fizzles,
and gay activists in Minnesota face the harsh reality that in just months the state could be even further from gay rights. Banning gay marriage in its constitution.
Jensen: "Around 30 states across the country have voted on amendments just like this, and none of them have been defeated, so I'd really like Minnesota to be the one to stand up for our LGBT friends and say you know what your relationship is just as good as mine."
This is 1 of 200 support rallies going on across the state today. Supporter Megan Mueller Jensen organized this one in Fergus Falls. They're coming together and developing a plan to get the vote they want come November.
Jensen: "We want to make it an okay topic to talk about not only with your friends and associates, but your family and your kids."
Although there are more straight men and women at this event, this party will allow those same sex couples in this community to know that they are supported.
Ellen Eastby/Advocate for Gay Marriage: "Putting it in the constitution is another step in the wrong direction."
Sharon Bacon/Fergus Falls: "My husband and I are here together, we have been married for 36 years, and just want to make sure all families have the same rights."
This movement is gaining a lot of momentum as of late. This group is tied to Minnesotans United For All Families, one of the largest grass roots campaigns in Minnesota history. And just yesterday the St. Paul area Lutherans went on record saying they are against changing the constitution.
Jensen: "It feels really good to have them on this side of things at this point."
Mueller Jensen and all the United Minnesotans will continue to raise awareness, and hope others follow and to not let this amendment pass.
Governor Dayton led one of the house parties in Minneapolis. Another one took place in Moorhead.