Clergy busy during final weekend of campaign for, against marriage amendment

Religious leaders are at the forefront of the final weekend of campaigning for and against the marriage amendment on Tuesday's ballot. More than 500 Christian leaders with the group Minnesota Pastors For Marriage released a statement in support of the amendment that would Constitutionally define marriage as an opposite sex union. Opponents planned a worship service followed by the blessing of a "Minnesota Votes No Tour" that will travel the state until Election Day.
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Clergy members are usually at their busiest during the weekend, but that'll be especially true in Minnesota during the next few days. Religious leaders are in the vanguard of the campaigns for and against the Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and woman.

Thursday more than 500 members of Minnesota Pastors For Marriage released a statement of support for the amendment. Opponents, meanwhile, planned a worship service and blessing in advance of their Minnesota Votes No Tour, which will travel the state Friday through Monday.

One of the country's evangelical elder statesmen weighed in on Minnesota's debate, when Billy Graham issued a statement of support that hearkened back to his ministry's roots in Minneapolis.

On the other side of the issue are those such as Oby Ballinger, the 29-year-old pastor of a St. Paul Park church. He tells the South Washington County Bulletin more conversations about the issue will lead to more no votes.

Polls show Minnesotans almost evenly divided on the issue. The $16 million spent on the campaign far surpasses the total for any previous ballot question in Minnesota. The Rochester Post Bulletin looked at the spending breakdown in the southeastern part of the state.

Here are sites to learn more about Minnesota Pastors for Marriage and about the Minnesota Votes No Tour.

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