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Group Against Marriage Amendment Raised $1.2 M

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The largest group working against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota has raised $1.2 million, according to its campaign finance report.

Minnesotans United for All Families raised the money last year from more than 5,100 people. The information is in the group’s campaign finance report, which is due Tuesday but was provided early to some local media.

Some of the larger donations came from prominent Minnesotans, including Twins owner Jim Pohlad, who gave $10,000. The largest single contribution came from Marilyn Carlson Nelson of the Minneapolis-based hotel and travel business Carlson Companies. She gave $40,000.

A group pushing for the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, won’t release its report until the filing deadline.

“Comparing numbers to numbers to numbers right now is premature,” said Minnesota for Marriage spokesman Chuck Darrell. “Our report’s going to come out Tuesday, well within how the law requires it. Again, our fundraising is going well, we’re going to continue to press forward and we’re going to raise what it takes to get the job done.”

Minnesota already prohibits same-sex marriage, but supporters of the amendment say it’s necessary to prevent courts from allowing same-sex couples to wed in the future. Voters will weigh in on the amendment in November.

Minnesotans United for All Families campaign manager Richard Carlbom said roughly three-fourths of the money came from donors in Minnesota, with most raised at small house parties.

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