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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Patrick Connolly, 612.669.2296

GOP Group Launches in Support of Individual Freedoms

Republicans United For Freedom launches Website and Announces Chairs & Steering Committee

Saint Paul, MN – Republicans United for Freedom, a group of Minnesota Republican Party members, launched today with a stated mission to “defend individual liberty, promote strong families, and secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota.”

Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School and former Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush will chair the new organization.  The organization will also be led by a steering committee of notable Republican leaders in Minnesota, including Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Susan Kimberly, former Deputy Mayor, City of Saint Paul, Administration of Mayor Norm Coleman; Ken Smoron, President, Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota; Alex Whitney, Republican Party Activist.

“It is time to move our Republican Party into the 21st century. Republicans United for Freedom will support and campaign aggressively for Republican leaders who stand on principle and conviction and vote in favor of the freedom to marry,” Chair Richard Painter said. “The Republican Party needs to refocus on bread and butter issues such as sound fiscal management, individual freedom and personal responsibility, and Republicans United for Freedom will work to return our Party to its core values and principles.”

Republicans United for Freedom is positioned as a leading conservative voice for individual freedoms and plans to be a key player in the marriage debate at the Minnesota State Capitol during the 2013 legislative session. The group launched www.republicansunitedforfreedom.com today, which will serve as the online home for the growing majority of Republicans who support the freedom to marry.

The group has the backing of prominent national figures as well. “We can strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing all Minnesotans the freedom to participate in it and pursue happiness, free from government roadblocks. Now is the time to do the right thing,” said Margaret Hoover, a veteran of the Bush White House and current CNN Political Contributor. “True freedom means freedom for everyone, and continuing to exclude certain people from marriage simply because of who they are is not in the best interest of the future of Minnesota or our country.”

Republicans United for Freedom works to defend individual liberty, promote strong families, and secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota. They can be found online at www.republicansunitedforfreedom.com,www.facebook.com/mngopfreedomtomarry, and on Twitter at @MNGOPforFreedom.

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