Group against marriage amendment airs first TV ad - Bring Me The News

Group against marriage amendment airs first TV ad

The group Minnesotans United for All Families, the leading opponent of a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, has released its first TV ad in the Twin Cities and Duluth. It features a Catholic, Republican couple from Savage who opposes the measure.
Author:
Publish date:

The first television ad sponsored by Minnesotans United for All Families against the marriage amendment (below) has been released online and will begin airing on TV in the Twin Cities and Duluth on Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Minnesotans United for All Families is spending $255,000 to air the ad on six Twin Cities TV stations for a week, the newspaper says.

The 30-second spot features a Catholic, Republican couple from Savage, John and Kim Carny. They say they hadn't thought much about the issue until they got to know their neighbors, a lesbian couple.

It's the first ad opposed to the amendment sponsored by a state group. A national group, Freedom to Marry, unveiled a TV ad in August, MinnPost noted.

Here's the new spot:

The leading group backing the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, plans to air its own TV ads beginning Oct. 1. Amendment supporters rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol, at an event with Catholic archbishop John Nienstedt and other Christian clergy discussing why the church supports the amendment, the Pioneer Press reports. Nienstedt said the vote was not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory, MPR reports.

Here's a video Minnesota for Marriage released earlier this month, in which some clergy take a stand for the amendment:

Next Up

Related

Group fights marriage amendment with first TV ad

Freedom to Marry, a national group fighting to defeat the ballot measure to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, will air its first television advertisement in Minnesota on Thursday. MPR reports the 30-second ad will run on television and cable networks in the Twin Cities and Duluth. It features a Duluth couple who have been married for nearly 60 years. Yvonne and Fred Peterson say gay couples should also be allowed to marry.

400,000 Catholics asked to help pay for marriage amendment ads

With just weeks to go before a vote in Minnesota on a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, state bishops in a letter to Minnesota Catholics this week are asking them to contribute to Minnesota for Marriage, the leading pro-amendment group, the Star Tribune reports. It's an unusually direct and explicit ask of the church's faithful, one observer says.

Northland priest quietly donates money to group against marriage amendment

Campaign finance records show Rev. Peter Lambert of St. Louis Catholic Church, about 45 miles west of Duluth, donated $1,000 about six months ago to Minnesotans United for All Families -- the primary group fighting the controversial ballot measure to essentially ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The News Tribune reports no other Minnesota priest in a recognized diocese has contributed to any group trying to defeat the constitutional amendment.

Marriage amendment allies, foes target black voters

Black voters in Minnesota are the latest audience sought by opponents and supporters of marriage amendment, the Star Tribune reports. The president of the national NAACP was in the state Monday to urge black voters to reject the ballot measure that would ban gay marriage. Church leaders are divided.

President Obama opposes Minnesota's same-sex marriage amendment

Obama's Minnesota campaign team on Monday said the president opposes a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. "While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples," a spokeswoman said.

Anti-gay marriage group buys TV air time

A group supporting the proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota will begin airing ads on television. Minnesota for Marriage bought air time on KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.