Same sex marriage opposition group outspent 10-1 in lobbying efforts

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Minnesota for Marriage, a group that lobbied against the state's same sex marriage bill, revealed Friday that it spent $200,000 in its efforts to defeat the measure, The Associated Press reports.

That's one-tenth the amount of money Minnesotans United For All Families said it spent in effort to pass the bill.

The group said last month that it spent $2 million on phone banks, television commercials and personal appeals to lawmakers.

MinnPost published a pointed statement about the spending disparity from Minnesota for Marriage chairman John Helmberger.

"It’s not surprising that they had to spend ten times more than traditional marriage supporters to convince legislators to redefine marriage and ignore their real First Amendment religious liberty concerns," Helmberger said. "It's proof that if you spend enough money you can get some legislators to do almost anything — even vote against the overwhelming wishes and interest of their constituents."

The same sex marriage bill was passed by the House May 9 and Senate May 13, before Gov. Mark Dayton signed it into law May 14.

Same sex couples started lining up to get marriage applications on June 6 in order to get married when same sex marriages become legal in Minnesota Aug. 1.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.

Jamal Mashburn Jr.

Gophers fall under .500 after OT loss to Rutgers

The Gophers are under .500 for the first time this season.

police tape, crime scene

Man arrested for killing of his father in Wabasha County

The 73-year-old man was found dead at a home in rural Zumbro Falls.

Jake Odorizzi

Report: Jake Odorizzi to sign with Astros

The former Twins pitcher is headed to Houston on a two-year deal.

covid-19, coronavirus

South African COVID-19 variant detected in Wisconsin

There have been no cases of the South African strain found in Minnesota.

Brian Dutcher

Could Brian Dutcher be Gophers target to replace Richard Pitino?

Dutcher's contract has a buyout clause that could lead him to Minnesota.

Related

Target offers same-sex marriage greeting cards

The Minneapolis-based discount giant has not taken a stance on the controversial amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, but Target stores are now selling greeting cards honoring gay couples. The cards feature phrases like "Mr. & Mr." and "Two very special women, one very special love."

Can 'true Catholics' support same-sex marriage?

Former Roman Catholic priest Jim Smith left the church about 10 years ago. He told CNN his main concern was with the church's stance against same-sex marriage. Smith says he is still a Catholic despite actively campaigning against Minnesota's constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between one man and one woman. He has also formed a group to persuade other Catholics to vote against the measure this fall.

Fargo Forum under fire for rejecting same-sex marriage announcement

The daily newspaper in North Dakota is reviewing its policy about publishing same-sex wedding announcements after refusing to a print an announcement for two Fargo women getting married in New York next month. The controversial decision sparked an online petition and criticism on social media from people who want the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead to reconsider. MinnPost notes several Minnesota newspapers accept same-sex marriage announcements.