Women In Leadership Urge Voters to Reject MN Marriage Amendment

By KBJR News 1

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- In 15 days, voters will be asked to add a ban on marriage between same sex couples to the Minnesota constitution.

Several women ranging from political to religious leaders discussed why they are voting no on Nov. 6.

UMD's Women's Hockey Coach Shannon Miller and Laura Ness, wife of Duluth Mayor Don Ness, joined Reverend Kathy Nelson and small business owner Tami Lapole Edmunds in a conversation about fairness and freedom.

Each woman offered personal examples of why they are voting no.

Many said marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility and fear the amendment would limit a basic freedom for people and harm children and families.

"This amendment would forever single out a group of people and tell them it's illegal to marry a person they love,” Laura Ness said. “It would forever say to thousands of Minnesotan children that your family is not valued in the same way that other families are. And that's totally wrong.

If voters reject the amendment down, Minnesota will become the first state to succeed in doing so.