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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: KEN SMORON (612)  236-3455

(Minneapolis, MN) – Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota officially announced today, Thursday Oct 6, that it is joining Minnesotans United for All Families, the statewide, multi-partisan coalition working to defeat the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

 

Chapter President Ken Smoron described Minnesotans United as a coalition that respects and aligns with conservative values with regards to the amendment. “As Republicans, we believe in limited government and individual liberty. We believe this amendment violates both principles and will work with others, who share this view, to defeat it, ” He continues, “Log Cabin maintains the position that a constitutional amendment represents government overreach and strips the freedom of the citizenry to petition their legislators to represent their evolving views regarding marriage.”

 

A Minnesotans United spokesperson said, “The campaign is excited to have the support of Log Cabin Republicans. This is yet another reminder that Minnesotans from across the political spectrum agree that government should not be deciding which Minnesotans have the opportunity to marry.”

 

The decision of Log Cabin to join the coalition comes on the heels of Minnesotans United announcing that they have hired campaign manager Richard Carlbom to lead the campaign to victory. With his diverse political background, we are confident he will maintain a strong focused message needed to succeed.

 

Smoron said that Log Cabin members will be active in the campaign to defeat the amendment between now and November 2012. “We call on our fellow Republicans and Republican organizations who believe in liberty and equality to join us and Minnesotans United. Get involved. Donate. Volunteer. Show your support in whichever way you know how. Let your voices be heard.” Smoron said.

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota joins other Republicans and Republican groups such as Rep. John Kriesel, Wheelock Whitney, RAMMA, and Susan Kimberly, to name a few,  in the fight to defeat the amendment in 2012.

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota promotes legal equality for every Minnesota citizen regardless of biological gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or social gender role. We believe that equality can best be achieved through the conservative ideals of a smaller constitutional government that protects the unalienable rights of individuals. See our website at: http://mnlogcabin.org/. LCR Minnesota is a chapter of the national Log Cabin Republicans. Visit www.mnunited.org for more information on MN United, Richard Carlbom, and how you can be a part of the effort.

2 Responses to “Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota Enter Coalition Against Marriage Amendment”

  1. Robin Mavis says:

    Thank God there are some real republicans left in this country! I thought the entire GOP had been taken over by religious extremists. Way to Go LCR!

  2. Rich in St Paul MN says:

    Lori Wilfahrt Speech at Outserve October 2011

    Thanks to the Internet, I watched the mother of U.S. Army Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt (Killed In Action in Afghanistan in 2011) speak at the first conference of OutServe.org (The Association of Actively Serving LGBT Military Personnel) after the repeal of the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. For some fifty years I have been a student of, and participant in, public speaking, oral argument, and advocacy writing. Lori Wilfahrt’s speech was elegant: graceful, dignified, and powerfully simple.

    Andrew Wilfahrt’s legacy is just beginning because of the extraordinary efforts of both his parents for the cause of marriage equality. For military and civilian gay people, marriage equality would mark the end of the last major vestige of government-sanctioned discrimination in our country. The ideal of equality is baked into the soul of America. The Founding Fathers considered the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to be unalienable rights, even though their own lives did not reconcile discrimination based on race, gender, and sexuality. The reconciliation of the ideal in concept with the actual experience of equality has taken hundreds of years. Andrew’s legacy now contributes to that reconciliation of equality, through the speeches of his parents (multiplied on the Internet) and conversations around “Andrew’s Round Table.”

    I can imagine that the spirit of Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt is dancing for joy to experience his mom and dad speaking with such elegant power. With grace and dignity, they are embracing positions of advocacy accidentally arising because their son (who happened to be gay) had the courage to volunteer for the military, and gave his life serving a country founded on the ideal of equality.

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