Marriage amendment debate arrives at fairgrounds

Opponents and supporters of the proposed marriage amendment set up shop at the Minnesota State Fair. On Wednesday, Augsburg College took a public stance opposing the amendment.
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The marriage amendment has become a hot topic at the Minnesota State Fair just 10 weeks before the election, MPR reports. Both sides of the debate have set up shop at fairgrounds. Supporters of the amendment sang the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine" while more than 100 clergy leaders gathered to show their opposition.

Businesses and institutions continue to take a stance on this issue. On Wednesday, Augsburg college announced they opposed the amendment.

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