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Klobuchar solicits money for marriage amendment fight

With a healthy lead in the polls, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is spending some of her political capital in the divisive fight over the marriage amendment. In a new email to potential donors, Klobuchar says she has pledged to help raise $10,000 for the fight against the controversial state ballot measure that would define marriage as between a man and woman.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is spending some of her political capital in the fight to defeat the marriage amendment. In a new email to potential donors (below), Klobuchar urges people to donate money to the campaign to vote down the state ballot measure that would create a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. She says she has pledged to help raise $10,000 for the fight.

Klobuchar stepped into the divisive debate over the controversial issue with a healthy lead over her opponent Kurt Bills. Bills supports the amendment. Polls suggest the vote on the amendment could be close.

Klobuchar has publicly stated her opposition to the amendment before. She reiterated it at the Minnesota State Fair in a debate with Bills. And she fired up a crowd in a speech at the Big Gay Race on Sept. 29, a fundraiser for the vote-no campaign, tweeting later:

But now she is asking for money – $75,000 by Oct. 13. Here's the email she sent this week to about 200,000 recipients, in which she says she has pledged $10,000 to defeat the amendment:

Dear Friend,

As Minnesotans, we have some big decisions to make at the ballot box in November.

This fall, we’ll be asked if we should permanently limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in our state. We are a country that was founded on freedom and liberty for all. And with all of the major challenges facing our state, our focus now should be on bringing people together, not dividing them.

That’s why I am standing with Minnesotans United for All Families, the grassroots campaign that will defeat this hurtful constitutional amendment.

Minnesotans United for All Families shares my mission – defending the freedoms of all Minnesotans. They are running one of the largest grassroots campaigns that our state has ever seen - but they need our support to defeat this amendment.

I’ve pledged my support of $10,000 to stop this amendment in its tracks. Click here now to join me with a donation of $5 (or more) to stand up against this divisive amendment.

We’ve accomplished a lot on behalf of the gay and lesbian community in the past few years. I have worked to represent all Minnesotans in the United States Senate, by voting to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act and recommending the first openly gay U.S. Marshal in the United States. But we know our work is far from complete.

Defeating this amendment matters – for all of us. Thirty states have already faced amendments like this, and in every single one, these amendments have passed.

We’ve got a real chance to make history – a challenge I know that Minnesotans never back away from.

Please, click here right away and make a donation to defeat this amendment and I’ll match your contribution.

The stakes are high, and here in Minnesota, poll after poll shows a virtual tie. Defeating this amendment is truly within our grasp, but it’s going to take each and every one of us doing our part to stand up for all Minnesota families – not just some.

Minnesota has never stood for dividing people. We are a state of liberty and progress and the future. We can demonstrate that to the nation again by defeating this amendment in November.

Rush a $5 contribution (or more!) towards defeating this campaign right now!

Thank you.


Amy Klobuchar
U.S. Senator

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