Vote No Advocates Celebrate; What This Means For GLBT Future
Duluth, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - Minnesotans have narrowly rejected a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and a woman. With 99 percent of precincts reporting "no" votes on the marriage amendment, many GLBT couples are looking ahead to the day their equal rights will be permanent. A loud group of nearly 40 people were celebrating the results from the recent election results. "Thank you to anybody and everybody that voted no," Fizz Fossey, in opposition to the amendment, said. Only hours have passed since the rejection of the amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota. On Wednesday, members of the GLBT community in the Northland celebrated their victory. Some community members attending a downtown rally told us what they plan to do next. "There is hope that at some point in the future we might have rights in this state and in this country," Fossey said. "I definitely want to start a family someday and to have that right just as any other couple would have that right," Mark Cruse, in opposition to the amendment, said. Andy Mundt with the Minnesotans United campaign met with us as the ballot count was drawing to a close on Tuesday. "It's an opportunity for Minnesotans to really come out and say, you know, we don't to hurt our friends, families and neighbors. This amendment is something that would hurt our families and children. Minnesotan's are realizing how hurtful that will be," Andy Mundt, Regional Organization Director of North East Minnesota, said. Many in favor the marriage restriction say the ideals of children are most at stake looking ahead. "We believe that gay couple can be good parents, that they love their kids—that's not the issue. The issue is that every child comes from a male, female union," Mundt said. U.S. Senator Al Franken weighed in on the amendment results. Franken says This amendment would have written discrimination into our state's constitution and added to the barriers same–sex couples already face to the full recognition of their families. Minnesota is the first state to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment like this one. "My mother calls him my husband, my church calls him my husband, my church calls him my husband. We have been fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of being individuals and freedom of the future generations," Gary Anderson, , in opposition to the amendment, said. Senator Franken also says he is proud of Minnesota though there is still a lot of work to do. As of now, gay marriage is illegal and same–sex marriage is in the hands of the state law makers. Justin Reis, NNC.