MN Constitutional Amendments Divide More than Lawn Signs
For the first time a new poll shows both failing. Minnesotans United for All Families 'Vote No' ad has Anoka County official. Fridley-area churches take sides on marriage amendment.
A new statewide survey from Public Policy Polling shows both proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution falling short of the support needed to pass. The poll, released Saturday night, is the first with more than 50 percent of likely voters opposed to both the marriage and voter ID amendments.
The marriage amendement has drawn public support and opposition from a variety of corners:
Anoka County's new veterans-affairs director, state Sen. John Kreisel (R-Cottage Grove), is featured in a new ad from Minnesotans United for All Families, asking voters to reject the marriage amendment (see YouTube).
A scan of major marriage-amendment advocacy groups' lists of religious supporters (see PDFs) finds more Fridley-area clergy backing the measure than opposing:
Minnesota for Marriage (Vote Yes):
- Peter & Carolyn Haas, Pastors, Substance Church (has Fridley campus at Fridley High School)
- Dr. Gerald L. Stigall, Senior Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Fridley
- Jared Carlson, Senior Pastor, GracePoint Church, New Brighton
- H. Paul Widen, Reverend, Oak Hill Baptist Church, Columbia Heights
- Christopher Kollmann, Associate Pastor Messiah Lutheran Church, Mounds View
- Alan Goracke, Senior Pastor Kingswood Church, Blaine
- DelRoy Johnson, Senior Pastor, Oak Park Community Church, Blaine
- Peter Gueldner, Reverend King of Glory, Blaine
Minnesotans United for All Families (Vote No):
- United Church of Christ in New Brighton