Can you legislate righteousness? Who’s righteousness do you legislate? ~Chico
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The ad war over the marriage amendment begins at noon today.
Freedom to Marry, a national group working to defeat the amendment, is launching its first television advertisement in Minnesota in what will likely be the first of many volleys to win votes on the marriage issue this election season.
The amendment on the November ballot would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, effectively blocking same sex marriage.
The ad will run on television and cable networks in the Twin Cities and Duluth. According to Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group in Minnesota fighting to defeat the amendment, the ad buy is in the mid-six figures, and it will run for several weeks.
Minnesota for Marriage, the main group working to pass the amendment, has not yet run ads, and a spokesman says they will come later in the campaign.
Freedom to Marry’s ad features a Duluth couple, Yvonne and Fred Peterson, who have been married for 59 years. The ad opens with them walking along a path lined with birch trees. Fred, a veteran, wears his U.S. Marine Corps hat, and says he fought for the basic freedoms of all people. His wife Yvonne sits next to him on a park bench:
Yvonne: If someone had asked me if gay people should get married, I would have said no.
Fred: The world is changing. Gay and lesbian people want to get married for the same reason that I wanted to marry my wife. Why shouldn’t other people be able to enjoy the happiness and the love that we’ve enjoyed through our lifetime?
Yvonne: Love is love and it does belong to everybody.”