Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The battle to defeat a state constitutional amendment, banning same sex marriage is usually fought by democrats. But one Minnesota businessman and former politician is crossing the party line to support the "vote no" cause.
In a tour through the Northeast, former Republican Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Wheelock Whitney, and his grandson, who is gay spoke out, encouraging people to "vote no" on November 6th.
The two republicans say the amendment isn't constant with Minnesota values, stating the push to include the constitutional change is costly to taxpayers and disrespectful to some in the state.
"It's isn't Minnesota nice. It's a mean spirited effort to further divide people," said Whitney at Chester Creek Cafe Tuesday.
Minnesota for Marriage released a statement today in response.
"There are certainly passionate and dedicated folks on both sides of the marriage issue. We have seen this in all 31 out of 31 states where voters have passed a Marriage Amendment. However, most Minnesotans disagree with Mr. Whitney. They want to be a part of the conversation about Marriage in Minnesota, and without the Marriage Amendment. judges and politicians will be making the decision on marriage in Minnesota--without Minnesotans."