Gay Marriage Ban Supporters Raise Over $1.2M

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Groups supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Minnesota say they’ve raised more than $1.2 million to persuade voters to approve the ballot measure in November.

Minnesota for Marriage, the main coalition backing the amendment, says it raised $830,000 last year and recruited more than 10,000 volunteers.

The Minnesota Catholic Conference says it raised $750,000, including $650,000 from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and $50,000 each from the dioceses of New Ulm and Duluth. The conference then contributed $350,000 to Minnesota for Marriage.

The archdiocese says it was part of a statewide effort of bishops. It says the money it donated came from investment income, not collection plates or other donations.

The largest anti-amendment group, Minnesotans United for All Families, has more than $1.2 million.

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  • Sean Kelly

    So… $830,000 from one group … $650,000 from another group…. $1.2 million from yet another group. All three purport to be for families. Why not give the money to families in need…. that would actually HELP families?

    • BettyC


    • Tom

      @ Sean Kelly

      They don’t give out money to people unless those people share their nutty views. These 2 groups don’t know how to solve their problems, so instead of trying to deal with their own problems lets blame the gays and go after them and they believe that will solve all their problems.

  • Gary

    if gay people want to get married and be miserable like most every other married couple, I say have it, I’m mainly republican but not on this issue, who cares? If people are in love then just let it be

  • Mayhem

    I think Im going to try and raise millions of dollars to ban the catholic religion. That way, it’ll cut down on the nut-jobs running around this earth with the rest of us and people can live they way they choose and let God be the judge, if he so chooses, when the time comes.

    • Ray jay

      It’s not only the Catholics, M.B. isn’t a catholic. There are a lot of so called religious people that aren’t catholic. I guess it’s the new conservative movement. Preaching all this hate.

      • Kilgore

        You have got to love it when certain religious folks know what is best for us all. It’s not enough to try and convince us to their way of thinking. Rather they get to use their substantial tax free resources to legalize their beliefs thus compelling us to be involuntary followers of their odious doctrine. They may win in the short run but will lose in the long run and risk facing a backlash from the rest of society. I know my feelings towards these religious groups have changed from neutral to adversarial.

  • G Dog

    Wrong Gaylord. So wrong

  • Andy

    What a a waste of money. Donate it to families in need. I can think of a lot of charitable orginazations that would love to have some of tha money. You are exactly right mayhem.

    • Jake

      Are you talking about the money that would be used to subsidize same sex partners’ personal choice or the money being spent by the amendment opponents to secure the subsidy for that personal choice?

      • BettyC

        No I think Catholic Charities could have found many uses for the money

  • Joshua

    I actively HATE anyone who does not support gay marriage. I will tell you to your face that you have no right to vote on my families future. I will tell my children those who don’t support gay rights are evil and don’t deserve happiness. I will never go away. I will only grow support. You can’t like gays but not like gay marriage it doesn’t work that way, we don’t want that phony repressive support.

    • Jebediah

      So, you’re cool with Mormons and other folks having polygamist families? I assume that you would not want to vote on their families’ futures as this country has done for a long, long time. Consenting adults and all that.

      • Wake Up

        You either agree or disagree with it – whats there to sway peoples opinions about. I agree with you Jebediah – if you are for this than you should have no problem with the whole polygamist lifestyle.

        • waking up again

          Yes that is what wife swapping is all about, you know, swingers?!? Marry them or join a group. Two consenting adults is the last I heard but hey you sure seem to be thinking about it.

    • Mad Dog

      Then you probably hate me and a whole lot of other people. Your kids will probably be all messed up in the head with your views.

  • Ace


  • OLY

    Here is some thing to think abought ? Who has the least number of abortions ? So I guess you can’t have it both ways now can you!

  • Dave

    Time to start taxing churches.

    • Father Mulcahy

      Why not Synagogues and Mosques? Bigot.

      • Dave

        Bigot? Isn’t your subsidized bigotry the point of this article?

  • Angry Single Person

    How about this? Government gets out of the marriage business and only subsidizes two-adult households with minor children and other dependents? I see no reason to provide “domestic partner benefits” because Jonathan wants to stay home and work on his pottery while David goes to work. If Jonathan is providing care to a child or two or to someone else with special needs, the benefits make sense. Otherwise, don’t ask the 50% of the population that is single to pay for your personal decisions and preferences.

  • Chicken George

    Not all of us came here for religious reasons. Some of us just didn’t have a key to the shackles on our legs, and it’s hard to swim home in chains. But thanks for your sensitivity.

  • Native Son

    Actually, we were here first, and the Spirits of our “religion” did not permit men to lay with men. You came here, killed our ancestors, took our land, and now are forcing us to accept your religious beliefs through your laws that make it illegal for us to hold our own beliefs or teach them to our children.

    • two spirit

      Native, What do you know about “two-spirit”? I think thou has a forked tongue.

      • Native Son

        Not my tribe, “two spirit.” I suppose we all look alike to you, as well.

        I love you white folks who find made up stuff on Wikipedia and you become experts on Native peoples.

        • two spirit

          I love how you are spinning this native thing and making assumptions when I know of two spirit groups from several tribes, and it’s normal. you just prove that bigotry is a human condition. hope to see you at the next pow wow when they call for an all bigots dance, though you may be dancing alone.

        • truth seeker

          Exactly Native, I love how heteros look up stuff on Wikipedia and become experts on being gay. Look in the mirror, you are no different. I don’t think you’re a first nation native either.

    • Jason

      @ native, actually I was born here. And you lost. This has been the way of the world since the begining of time. Conquer and destroy.

      • Native Son

        @Jason. It’s hard to feel like we lost as I watch your grandmother pour your inheritance into our slot machine.

  • boss

    GIVE ME SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • james2

    This is when we recognize that adults can be bullies too.

  • Orrest

    The Catholic church says the money is from investment income, not donations. How did they get the money to invest except by donation?

  • James

    I’m a republican but I will be voting on the side of gay marriage. I have a lot of Republican friends who feel the same way. I (we) believe that everyone has a right to marriage. I’m also a Catholic and I will be doing this against my churches wishes and I’m OK with this. I do not allow my church to dictate my beliefs nor should anyone else. Unfortunately there are many out there who do not see this the way I do. I also do not believe that we should be able to vote on minority (civil) rights. The minority is almost always going to lose. I feel that the Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate rushed their decision through last year. What they did made me angry to the point that I will vote Democrat this year for the first time in my life. I am angry at my own party for what they started last year. And I have a strong suspicion that Democrats will be in control because of the actions of the Republicans last year. And I’m OK with that too. I can’t believe I’m going to vote Democrat but I think that the Republicans overreached last year and they will try to again this year. Now I’m not saying I support everything Democrat but I believe that the Republicans in the Minnesota and Federal government are on the wrong side of history and I’m not ashamed to say so. I have a gay son and I’m proud of him and I want him to have the same chance at happiness that my wife and I had even if the church and government doesn’t believe thee same. The current Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are pathetic lemmings who should scurry back to the holes they came out of. I have so much disappointment in the Republican party right now.

    • Ron

      Good for you James. Too bad there there are not more like you. Your child should have the same rights to live a happy productive life free from the bonds of a ignorant society.

    • TheWolf

      James, since you say you are Catholic, but support same-sex marriage despite your Church’s wishes, could you clear up some non-religious questions for me? (They don’t have anything to do with any particular denomination.) Do you believe there is one true living God? Do you believe He (or She) has a plan for you and the rest of us? Do you believe you can know God’s will? Do you believe it is God’s will for any two people of the same sex to live in a sexual relationship?

      • James

        Wolf…I said I was Catholic but it should obvious to you that I do not see things as narrow minded as others in my church and that is simply because of my life experiences as well as watching my son’s life experiences. My belief is that God created all mankind including gays. I also do not judge which I find way to many Catholics to be guilty of. Your questions assume that I think that I speak for God and I do not but I have an understanding of what God is about and that is love and compassion. As I said…God created all mankind including gays. I do not question this…it is simply something that I know deep in my soul. And yes…I do believe that God has a plan for all of us and if it means some are gay and have families then that was his plan and again…I do not question this. I think some Catholics ignore some parts of what the Bible tells them because it does not fit in their belief system and therefore they do not truly have an understanding of God or what he/she is about.

  • Brett

    Yet another reason to NOT patronize the twins or carlson companies….As if I didn’t have enough reasons already.

    • B in MPLS

      They won’t miss you. You probably didn’t spend much, if any, money there anyway.

      Also, if you are a hateful person, which you have to be to favor the marriage amendment, they probably don’t want you patronizing them anyway.

      • Brett

        Yeah, but multiply me times a million, and you are talking about some serious ching. “Hateful”? How about, a “common sense person, who believes in moderation, self-discipline, and the COMMON GOOD.”?? But, you are right, I DON’T, and I WON’T. The pohlads and the nelsons would sell their parents and grandparents to make a BUCK, so I don’t have very much respect for them. They can hide behind their false goal of being all about “individual rights” but what they are really about is making a buck. It’s the ‘new’ method of marketing.

  • j speedbag 64

    f gs getting hitched …..uuuggghhhhh….gross thought….lol..lmao…

    • j speedbags lover

      that’s mr f gs to you j speedbag. get it?

  • B in MPLS

    The only thing this amendment ban is doing is getting people to talk about this issue. And by doing that, it is getting people to see that passing this ban would be absolutely ridiculous.

    This fight has given me a reason to out myself to people who I never would have before so they can see that the guy they like and think is so upstanding is gay — and yet still totally normal. I think it is seriously shocking to many people to realize that what the media has taught us about gays is all based on stereotypes (surprise).

    Why misinterpretation of the Bible, a book which should have no bearing on secular law for people of all (or no) religion, has led to this much hate, I’ll never know. And people wonder why there is a war on religion. Religion declared war on sanity first!

  • TheWolf

    Why do the editors choose to call it a “marriage ban?” Read the amendment language. It doesn’t ban anything. They could have avoided the GLBT spin on the issue by calling it a “marriage definition” amendment. Under existing law, there is no same-sex marriage in Minnesota. How can the amendment ban something that already does not exist?

  • Tom

    These people who are againest gay marriage are so INSECURE and PARANOID in their own skin that they feel the need to make sure that gays can never walk down the aisle because it goes againest the 5000 year “tradition” of the one man and one woman that they have been preaching. They say if we allow gays to marry the divorce rate among straight couples will go up, well the divorce rate among straight couples was already high before the gay marriage issue was brought up in MA a few years ago, and MA is doing just fine and so are the other states who have allowed gay people to marry.

    And “tradition” went out the window years ago as more couples are just living together and these same people who are againest gay marriage don’t like that living arrangement either.

    And for the Catholic Church to outspoken about this , while not surprising, considering their track record with covering the sex abuse by priests all those years.

    I dont care if 2 gay people get married. This is supposed to be the land of the FREE but apparently these people believe in FREEDOM just as long it is their version that is followed. But we are all not that nuts!

  • anti bachmann

    i think everybody should shut the f**ck up and let people live there lives and worry about there own worthless lives

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