Last year, the Minnesota legislature approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and gave voters a chance to ratify the proposed amendment in 2012.
On Monday, President Barack Obama’s campaign said it was opposed to the constitutional amendment. The Obama administration has opposed similar anti-gay marriage proposals in New Hampshire and North Carolina.
Kristin Sosanie, Obama’s Minnesota Communications Director, said in a statement: “While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples."
“That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”
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Minnesotans United for All Families said in a statement: “The amendment does not represent the values Minnesotans hold dear, that marriage is about love and commitment, and that freedom means freedom for everyone. We’re happy that President Obama and Minnesotans from all walks of life see this amendment for what it is, a government exclusion to a group of people simply because of who they are.”
Supporters of the amendment have not issued a statement yet.