Posted at: 10/15/2012 6:42 PM
Updated at: 10/15/2012 6:51 PM
By: Katie Eldred
Faith is Factor for Both Sides of Marriage Amendment
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We're 22 days away from election day and one of the issues that remains a priority on both sides continues to take center stage the marriage amendment. While talking about the marriage amendment faith is a factor on both sides.
Monday the upcoming marriage amendment is the focus of competing discussions with religious leaders from all faiths weighing in.
A group of religious leaders against the amendment held a vigil at Peace Plaza. Another group of religious leaders that support the amendment held a luncheon at the Ramada.
Bishop John Quinn was just one of the panel members at the Minnesotans for Marriage amendment luncheon.
"We are advocating a yes vote to preserve marriage and it's definition between one man and one woman," said Bishop Quinn.
The event brought together leaders from the Catholic, Muslim, Mormon and Evangelical faiths.
"It brought us together because marriage is that important, so we want to preserve that," said Bishop Quinn.
The group emphasized the importance of traditional marriage and why there is a need to define it in the state constitution.
"For Muslims we believe the Koran to be the word of god, in that god tells us that he created passion between husband and wife," said Rashed Ferdous.
They believe without the amendment marriage as defined by their religions will be threatened.
But at Peace Plaza another group of religious leaders had a different message.
"A lot of times you hear that people are voting yes because of their religious beliefs, but you don't always understand that people are voting no because of their religious faith," said Reverend Kayla Bonewell.
They believe the amendment limits basic rights and goes against their beliefs of love and acceptance.
"We want all of Rochester to see that there are religious leaders and clergy in the community that believe you can be loving and express your faith, and to vote no is the loving thing to do," said Rev. Bonewell.
Despite their very different views both groups want people to look to their beliefs as they vote.
"When it comes down to it Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is to love the lord with your heart and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself, and is voting yes truly loving your neighbor?" said Rev. Bonewell.
"This is not a new position for us it's really at the core of what we believe about marriage, and we are defending a truth of our faith," said Bishop Quinn.
In the polls the marriage amendment has been very close. In order to pass it needs more than 50 percent of the vote.