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July 30, 2014

Marriage amendment foes recruiting volunteers nationally

Three national gay rights groups are coordinating an effort to recruit volunteers to spend a week in any of four states that are voting on marriage issues this fall. In Minnesota they’d be campaigning against a proposed Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as an opposite sex union. Washington, Maryland, and Maine are voting on whether to make gay marriage legal.

Separately, gay rights advocates are turning to social media in a campaign to increase voter turnout in those same states.

In recent days the long-running debate over same sex marriage has focused on the children of gay parents.

In legal circles there’s been discussion of whether a state law or the Constitution is the appropriate place to define marriage.  A Star Tribune commentary by University of St. Thomas constitutional law professor Robert Delahunty caught the eye of the American Bar Association journal.