President Obama opposes Minnesota’s anti-gay amendment

Today, President Obama's camapaign announced opposition to the anti-gay constitutional amendment on the ballot this November in Minnesota. The amendment, which was passed by the state Legislature last year, would specifically ban marriage for same-sex couples in the state constitution. President Obama joins a wide array of voices and organizations in Minnesota and across the country who oppose this harmful ban.

Below is the statement released today by Obama for America Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie, obtained via Metro Weekly:

While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do -- it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples -- and that's why the President does not support it." This 

This isn't the first time the Obama Administration has spoken out against anti-marriage efforts. Earlier this year, the President released nearly identicial statements opposing the anti-gay constitutional amendment on the ballot next month in North Carolina and the failed attempt to overturn the freedom to marry in the New Hampshire legislature.

Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign to defeat the amendment, thanked President Obama for voicing his opposition in a statement released earlier today:

Minnesotans United for All Families is thrilled to see President Obama publicly opposing the proposed constitutional amendment to limit the freedom to marry.

President Obama has spoken out time and again about his belief that gays and lesbians deserve the same legal rights as all Americans. This amendment would exclude gays and lesbians from the right to marry. It would use the constitution to tell gays and lesbians it’s illegal to marry the person you love. The amendment does not represent the values Minnesotans hold dear – that marriage is about love and commitment, and that freedom means freedom for everyone. 

Freedom to Marry joins our friends at Minnesotans United for All Families in thanking the President for speaking out against a divisive, dangerous amendment to Minnesota's constitution. We're proud to be a leading member of the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition and are fully committed to defeating the amendment this November.

Click here to pledge to vote NO on the constitutional amendment in Minnesota. Even if you aren't in Minnesota, add your name to show your support!