Minnesota Jewish leaders take stand against marriage amendment

A rabbi with the Minnesota Rabbinical Association said the move to ban same-sex marriage reminds the religious leaders of the discrimination that Jewish people have faced.
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A rabbi with the Minnesota Rabbinical Association said the move to ban same-sex marriage reminds the religious leaders of the discrimination that Jewish people have faced.

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