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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.
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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, Ben Jealous, was in the state Monday, prodding black voters to reject the ballot measure that would ban gay marriage.

Church leaders are divided, the newspaper reports. Minnesotans United for All Families, which is opposed to the amendment, has recruited black churches and put prominent black leaders in leading roles at campaign events, the newspaper says.

The leading group in favor of the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, has put up 25 billboards around Rochester, Duluth, the Twin Cities and St. Cloud of a newlywed couples and families, with the message: Marriage = One Man + One Woman, Vote YES, MinnPost reported last month. A number of the billboards feature black couples.

Ultimately, a majority of black voters may back Obama and the marriage amendment, especially as they try to reconcile the amendment with their faith, MPR reported recently. MPR quotes Patrick Egan, a political science professor at New York University: "African American voters tend to be more supportive of these bans on same-sex marriage than their fellow white Democrats."

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