Posted at: 09/18/2012 10:45 PM
Updated at: 09/18/2012 10:47 PM
By: Steph Crock
Many Speak out on the Marriage Amendment as the Vote Nears
(ABC 6 News) - We are less than 2 months away from a vote that could change Minnesota's constitution and ensure marriage remains between a man and a woman. As that vote draws near, both sides are pushing stronger than ever to have their voices heard.
Christian leaders gathered at the capitol today telling voters, to vote yes for the marriage amendment. They say it’s not about discrimination, but preserving traditional marriage. On this same day, a new political ad came out showing that not all Christians share this belief.
"It's ok to take a second look, and when you do, vote no," says the ad. It made its debut Tuesday. Released by Minnesota United for all Families, it features a Republican Catholic couple explaining why they support same sex marriage. A message some other Christians say they agree with.
Kayla Bonewell is pastor at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester. "As a person of faith, I am voting no because this is about equality for all," she said.
"I encourage people to vote yes," said Winona diocese Bishop John Quinn. "I encourage people who feel very strongly about the importance and uniqueness of marriage to share those views with others," he said, believing marriage should be between a man and woman.
Something he says echoes humanity and the history of the Catholic Church. "Take a second look. Do we really want to change this important definition that has served as the real foundation of our society and since the beginning of our an family?" he said.
"Those who have proposed it are trying to make it a political issue but really it’s about love and it’s about inclusion and exclusion," said Pastor Bonewell.
Two sides, with strong opinions. One's you'll see expressed even more in the coming weeks through signs and political ads.
Bishop Quinn says the church has been very open to conversation about the amendment. As for Peace United Church of Christ, they plan to meet at the Peace Plaza in Rochester on October 1st to encourage voters, to vote no.