DFL Congressman Tim Walz is urging Minnesotans to vote against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Walz appeared at a St. Paul news conference with several other veterans to urge opposition to the amendment. Walz said veterans fought and died to protect the right for Americans to be free, and the marriage ban should not be in the state constutution. Walz also said he supports repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act and allowing same-sex couples to marry.
"At this point it's become very clear that limiting the rights of a subsect of the population, whether they are veterans or not, is simply unconstitutional," Walz said. I think we can do better."
Both sides are working hard to boost voter turnout around the marriage amendment. Supporters say it's needed to preserve traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
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