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November 1, 2014

Marriage amendment opponents have raised $8.2 million

Minnesotans United for All Families announced on Tuesday night that the group had raised $8.2 million in its efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman, MPR reports.

The group has raised $2.5 million since it filed its last campaign finance report in July, and a total of $5.96 million in 2012.

In campaign reports filed Wednesday, Minnesotans United reported about $751,000 in cash on hand, the Associated Press reports. The leading group in support of the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, has almost $484,000 in cash, the AP says.

State Catholic bishops this week are asking 400,000 Minnesota Catholics to help that group pay for ads.

The vote is expected to be close. The issue has been divisive in the state, and perhaps no two groups have been more split on the matter than older and younger generations.