Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -The latest pro–marriage amendment ad, released by the group Minnesota for Marriage, claims that—for states where gay marriage is legal—there have been negative outcomes.
"When same–sex marriage has been imposed elsewhere, it has not been live and let live... small businesses fined, individuals fired, charities closed down, churches sued, same–sex marriage taught to young children in elementary school and parents have no legal right to be notified, or to take their children out of class that day," says the new ad.
But the anti–amendment organization, Minnesotans United for All Families, says that none of the circumstances mentioned in the ad are a result of legalizing gay–marriage.
"People who violate existing state or federal anti–discrimination laws have faced penalties in that state regardless of the state's marriage laws. So, they're equating two things that have nothing to do with one another," said Kate Brickman, spokesperson for the "Vote No" group.
Furthermore, Vote No spokespeople say the measure Minnesotans will vote on in November, doesn't overturn current laws on the books banning gay marriage.
But Minnesota for Marriage is standing by their ad's message, saying it's shedding light on a subject that needs to be understood before voters take their decision to the polls.
"We certainly stand by our ad and everything that is in our ad, and you can just look to these consequences and look to these people who have been sued—who have lost their parental rights," said Autumn Leva, spokesperson for the "Vote Yes" group.
If Minnesotans vote the amendment down, it will become the first of 30 states to succeed in doing so.
The latest Survey USA poll showed the issue is in a dead heat – with 46% of Minnesota voters opposed to the amendment, and 47% in favor.
If you would like to hear both sides of the debate in full, then tune into our next installment of Northland Voices with Barbara Reyelts, this Sunday, at 7:30 AM.