National and local leaders debated Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment last night on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater. Four debators -- national and local voices splitting each side of the issue -- exposed conflicting views of religion and human relationships, and what's at stake in Minnesota's vote.
Minnesota for Marriage, the main group working to pass the marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, raised $3.6 million in cash from Jan. 1, 2012 to Oct. 22, 2012. About $1.6 million, or 43 percent of that amount, came from outside the state.
Minnesotans United for All Families -- the largest group opposed to the proposed marriage amendment in the state's constitution -- raised $2.75 million since its last report in late September.
With eight days to go before the election, the campaign working to defeat the proposed marriage amendment rallied supporters in Minneapolis Monday evening to become the first state to defeat an amendment blocking same-sex marriage.
With less than two weeks to go until the election, groups lobbying on the marriage amendment are reporting a daily influx of cash.
A new television ad from supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage claims that if marriage is redefined, children could be taught about same-sex marriage in school.
Minnesotans are involved in a passionate debate about marriage this election season. The two sides began squaring off more than 40 years ago. The Deep Roots of the Marriage Debate draws from MPR's extensive audio archive to explore the origins of this election day showdown over same-sex marriage.
Conflict over the marriage amendment is a local story playing out in every community across the state. In partnership with KARE11, MPR News took a road trip through greater Minnesota to take the pulse of this issue in several cities.
The birthplace of Judy Garland, an icon in the gay community, is also a hotbed in the marriage debate. Catholic and conservative churches are leading the effort to pass the amendment, while a small but visible gay community tries to persuade voters that their neighbors will be hurt by it.
The marriage debate has spilled onto T-shirts at Concordia College. One student who believes homosexuality is against God has stirred up controversy by printing "Sin is Sin" T-shirts to counter the prevailing view on campus that "Love is love."
Southwestern Minnesota is likely to be strong territory for amendment supporters. DFL lawmaker Lyle Koenen was one of three DFLers to break with his party and vote to put the amendment on the ballot. Locals say people here prefer to keep their political opinions close to the vest. Opinions run deep, and people are divided.
A former Senate Republican spokesman claims Republicans put the marriage amendment on the November ballot to get conservatives to the polls.
Hotel maven Marilyn Carlson Nelson spoke out against the proposed marriage amendment today.
Supporters of a constitutional amendment to define marriage brought Canada's experience into the debate.
In 2009, Iowa's Supreme Court ruled that limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. It became the third state in the nation, and the first in the heartland, to legalize marriage between same-sex couples.