Minnesota for Marriage, a group working to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, announced today that it will start running TV ads in support of their efforts. The group said the two ads are a part of a series of ads that will be run during the final weeks of the campaign.
The first ad focuses on the history and tradition of marriage. The second ad warns that the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is under threat by the courts and the Legislature.
Both ads focus on giving the voters a say on the definition of marriage.
"It determines that only voters can determine the definition of marriage in the future," one ad says.
"Everybody has the right to love who they choose but nobody has the right to redefine marriage," Minnesota for Marriage Spokeswoman Kalley Yanta said in the other ad.
It isn't yet known where the ads will run or how much money the group intends to spend on the campaign.
The state already has a state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman but supporters of the marriage amendment say the constitutional amendment would forbid the courts from throwing the law out on constitutional grounds.
Frank Schubert, the campaign manager for Minnesota for Marriage who has designed ads for several marriage amendment votes across the country, issued a fundraising e-mail to supporters emphasizing that voters should be the ones to define marriage.
"The amendment secures our historic definition of marriage as one man and one woman in the Minnesota constitution where it will be protected from tampering by state judges and politicians. That means that the only way to alter it in the future is to present the issue to voters for a decision," Schubert wrote in the fundraising e-mail.
Schubert also noted in the e-mail that Minnesota for Marriage has not raised as much money as opponents of the constitutional amendment.
"Right now we have very little cash left, because we've spent funds needed to get these initial two TV ads on the air," he wrote.
Groups working to defeat the marriage amendment say defining marriage in the constitution would end the conversation as to who has the legal right to be married. They say a constitutional amendment would make it harder for younger generations to determine how marriage should be defined in the future.
Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the amendment, released this statement from its Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom:
"The proposed constitutional amendment would limit the freedom to marry for some Minnesotans just because of who they are it permanently singles out and excludes gay and lesbian couples from the love, commitment and responsibility that marriage brings. We all agree that marriage is important, which is why we wouldn't want to deny this basic freedom to any loving, committed couple. There are churches on all sides of this debate. This amendment mixes religion and politics in our constitution. The best thing to do is to take government out of this debate. In fact, passing this amendment would permanently end the conversation for the next generation of Minnesotans.(6 Comments)
"By voting no, Minnesotans are practicing a deeply held value of treating others as they would want to be treated because no one wants to be told it's illegal to marry the person you love."
With less than six weeks to go before the election, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is pledging to visit Minnesota's 87 counties over the next 36 days.
Bills, who is challenging DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar, says the road trip will start today in Crow Wing and Itasca Counties. Bills' campaign manager, Mike Osskopp, said they're conducting the tour to get their message out.
"Minnesotans are hungering for real discussion of the issues facing our country. Since Klobuchar was elected unemployment has doubled, gas prices have doubled, and the national debt has doubled.Yet the mainstream media elite is not talking about the tough issues facing our country, and hasn't asked Klobuchar to explain how she will address these issues," Osskopp wrote in a statement.
Campaign spokesman David Strom said Bills will stop in twelve counties this week including Hennepin, Wright and Olmsted counties.
Bills is lagging Klobuchar in polls and in fundraising. The campaign's announcement comes one day after Klobuchar's campaign released its first set of TV ads. Bills has not yet bought or ordered airtime.
Bills isn't the first candidate to pledge to visit every county in the state. In fact, Klobuchar announced in 2006 that she would visit every county in the state each year that she's in office. Her campaign spokesman says Klobuchar has met that commitment.
Apparently concluding that DFL Rep. Tim Walz looks like a safe bet to win re-election in the 1st Congressional District, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trimming its nearly $3 million Minnesota ad budget by about $260,000, according to a DCCC spokesperson.
The cash was originally meant for two ads to be run in Walz's favor later this month.
Walz is on the DCCC's "Frontline" list, a select group of incumbent U.S. House Democrats who are likely to face competitive races. Less than six weeks out from Election Day, the DCCC feels confident Walz will win in the 1st.
Though DCCC won't be running ads for Walz, the group will continue to work with his campaign, the DCCC spokesperson said.
And the DCCC still plans to spend substantially on other Minnesota races, including $700,000 during the week it initially planned to run the Walz ads. Already, the DCCC has invested heavily in ads targeting Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who is running a competitive race against DFL challenger Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District.