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Published August 15, 2012, 09:45 PM

Minnesota United For All Families pushes for same sex conversations

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Organizers with Minnesotans United for All Families are in the area, in hopes of starting conversations about the proposed marriage amendment.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Organizers with Minnesotans United for All Families are in the area, in hopes of starting conversations about the proposed marriage amendment.

The group hopes to defeat the amendment that would ban same sex marriage in Minnesota.

Minnesotans United For All Families was organized right after the May 2011 vote in the House of Representatives that put this initiative on the ballot.

Richard Carlbom, Campaign Director: “We're trying to reach out and just introduce ourselves and the campaign to different folks who are interested in helping get Minnesota to vote no.”

Now the group is a large diverse coalition and has over 600 organizations involved. Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom says there are people who are still on the fence on the vote and conversations are what might make the difference.

Carlbom: “There's a very important group of people in Minnesota who don't know wether or not they want to vote yes or no, and in order to secure their no vote, we need to give them the time and space they need to actually resolve a conflict they have.”

There's already a law in Minnesota that defines marriage as between a man and a woman but Press Secretary Kate Brickman says putting the amendment into the constitution limits the freedom of future generations in governing themselves.

Kate Brickman, Press Secretary: “Same sex couples and if they should have the freedom to marry is a really dynamic evolving conversation. People are you know changing their hearts and minds on this issue all the time, and the more that Minnesotans talk about it, and talk about what does marriage mean to me. Why would gay and lesbian people want to get married and when they think through it, the more likely they are to vote no.”

The group says they hope to open people’s minds and holds personal meaning for Brickman.

Brickman: “I have a sister who's gay and she would love to get married, and it's really important to me to know that my sister and her family are treated the same as my family.”

Both Carlbom and Brickman say their tour doesn't end here. They will be traveling throughout the state between now and Election Day to secure a no vote.

The two organizers are now headed to Fergus Falls and the St. Cloud.

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