Clergy meet to plan campaign against marriage amendment

The leaders of dozens of churches and synagogues gathered in Minneapolis to compare notes on how to talk about the marriage amendment with their congregations. Minnesotans will vote this fall on whether to amend the Constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. The clergy who met Thursday are working to defeat the amendment. A similarly-sized group met in Eden Prairie last month to work on helping to pass it.
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The leaders of dozens of churches and synagogues gathered in Minneapolis to compare notes on how to talk about the marriage amendment with their congregations. Minnesotans will vote this fall on whether to amend the Constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. The clergy who met Thursday are working to defeat the amendment. A similarly-sized group met in Eden Prairie last month to work on helping to pass it.

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