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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The battle over the marriage amendment is being fought on lawns across Minnesota.

The group Minnesotans United for All Marriage, who opposes the marriage amendment, say they’ve had high demand for their “Vote No” lawn signs. Also, volunteers at Minnesota for Marriage, who support the amendment, say they’re seeing the same thing.

“I think most Minnesotans realize marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Autumn Leva, spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage. “The kids need a mom and a dad.”

Over at Minnesotans United for All Marriage, spokesperson Kate Brickman said between 30,000 and 40,000 signs have been sold. Some sign seekers even needed to be put on a waiting list after the group ran out of signs.

“We ran out of lawn signs a few days ago,” Brickman said. “So we began putting people on a waiting list.”

On Wednesday, the group got a shipment of 10,000 signs and began contacting those who were waiting. One of the people on the list was Kevin Svenby.

“I’m a gay man. I want equal rights,” Svenby said. “The constitution gives us equal rights, but the states don’t, so it’s not fair. Not that I want to get married. I just want the right to be married.”

At Minnesota for Marriage headquarters, its signs were completely out of stock.

“We really started our sign campaign around Labor Day,” Leva said. “The week of Labor Day we had 15,000 to 20,000 signs go out in less than a week. And now we’ve got another shipment of about 25,000 coming and they’re already spoken for.”

Both groups say in the end it’s not the number signs sold, but the number of votes counted.

“Lawn signs don’t win elections,” Brickman said. “So we would love to see that translate into action.”

Every state that’s voted on a marriage amendment has passed it.

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