Minn. 'Vote No' campaign manager lands national gig


The head of a Minnesota advocacy group that lead the way for same-sex marriage in the state will now help get the law passed in other parts of the country.

MPR reports Richard Carlbom served as the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, which played a vital role in defeating a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage last year with its "Vote No" push.

Following the group's victory, Carlbom shifted his focus to lobby for gay marriage, which was signed into Minnesota law last May.

Carlbom's successful track record got the attention of New-York based Freedom to Marry, where Carlbom will serve as the director of state campaigns.

The short-term goal of the national group is to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon in the next two years, MPR said.

Politics in Minnesota noted that Carlbom will be working through his recently formed St. Paul-based consulting firm, United Strategies, which will also be working on issues in Minnesota during the upcoming legislative session.

The Atlantic describes Carlbom as a young operative who got his start in politics as the mayor of St. Joseph from 2005 to 2007 at age 23. He will marry his partner in St. Paul in December.

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