Religious leaders rally for freedom to marry at Minnesota capitol

February 12, 2010

Clergy of various faiths and community members gathered at the state capitol Thursday in an effort to push for marriage equality.

OutFront Minnesota organized the event called "I Do Support Love Freedom to Marry Day Rally."

"For years, many Minnesotans thought that support for marriage equality was simply incompatible with religious faith," OutFront Minnesota Executive Director Amy Johnson said.

The common theme of the rally centered around the support some local churches are offering towards a marriage equality bill.

"Today's powerful statements by Minnesota clergy in favor of marriage equality will help move Minnesota toward an eventual end to discrimination in marriage," OutFront Public Policy Director Monica Meyer said.

Besides religious speakers, various politicians voiced their support for a marriage equality bill and spoke of their previous support of gay equality.

Among the politicians that spoke were DFL Senators Scott Dibble, Mee Moua, Sandy Pappas, Linda Higgens, and State DFL Representative Karen Clark.

DFL gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza, and John Marty also attended the event.

Besides this rally, OutFront Minnesota typically hosts a Lobby Day event towards the end of each legislative session as well.  [Link]