United for Marriage, Minnesotans Expect Support for Amendment from DFL Members

The Bemidji Pioneer reminds their readers that supporters of marriage come from all backgrounds. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse would say we are the real rainbow coalition!

Conventional political wisdom is that a gay-marriage prohibition on the Nov. 6 ballot would pit Democratic-Farmer-Laborites against Republicans.

“It is not that cut and dried,” Chuck Darrell said.

Darrell, Minnesota for Marriage spokesman, said Democrats are needed to pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

On Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will decide whether to insert the marriage definition into the state Constitution.

Darrell, whose group is pushing the amendment, said exit polls during a similar California vote showed 36 percent of Democrats favored the constitutional amendment, as did 56 percent of union households.

“We are counting on 40 percent of the DFL vote here in Minnesota to vote for the marriage amendment, and similar numbers within the minority communities,” Darrell said, adding that Ethiopian communities are examples of traditional Democrats backing the amendment.

Darrell said DFL efforts to drive up turnout for the President Barack Obama also could help produce pro-amendment voters.

“Support for the marriage amendment crosses every kind of boundary you can imagine,” Darrell said.