As same-sex couples around Minnesota rejoiced Thursday – the first day that a new state law allowed them to legally wed – gay marriage opponents announced that they were launching a new group that will take aim at politicians unfriendly to their cause, the Associated Press reports.
The group Minnesota for Marriage, the leading group in opposition to same-sex marriage in the state, chose Aug. 1 to launch its new organization, Marriage Majority Initiative.
In a post Thursday, the group says: "The Marriage Majority Initiative will work to restore a pro-marriage majority in the Minnesota House in 2014 by supporting legislators who withstood immense political pressure in order to cast a vote in defense of traditional marriage and by helping Minnesotans find better representation for themselves in districts where legislators abandoned their constituents in favor of the same-sex “marriage” lobby."
John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage and CEO of Minnesota Family Council, says this in the post:
“The majority of Minnesotans support marriage between one man and one woman, and they deserve a majority of representatives in their government who do as well. The Marriage Majority Initiative will serve as a resource to Minnesotans who want to see a pro-Marriage majority restored in the Minnesota House.
“Minnesotans around the state have been asking ‘what’s next?’ after a group of legislators forced same-sex ‘marriage’ on the state. The Marriage Majority Initiative will help them answer that question by restoring a pro-Marriage majority in their state government. We are blessed to live in a country where The People can choose their representation. And, when their chosen representation fails them, the People have the opportunity to choose new leaders.”
The announcement of the new group sets up a campaign-funding battle. The leading group that advocated legalizing gay marriage, Minnesotans United for All Families, in May launched a political action committee to support the lawmakers who backed their cause.