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What are your legislators telling you about the marriage amendment?

In November 2012 voters will make Minnesota the 32nd state in the nation to adopt a constutional ban on same sex marriage or the first to defeat one.

Not 24 hours after the 70-62 vote to put the constitutional amendment on the 2010 ballot, the "I Plan to Vote NO to the MN Marriage Amendment on the November 2012 Ballot" Facebook page had more than 22,000 "likes" and the relationship between a Republican representative and at least one Minnesota resident has begun to unravel very publicly. Responding to an email expressing dismay at the vote, representative Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, fired back: “Give it a rest!!!!!!!!”

Resting is someting neither side will be doing over the next 17 months. And no doubt the constituent letters, emails and phone calls are will be flying throughout. Have you reached out to your representatives? What are you saying? What was the response? Let me know in the comments below.

I'll be reading what you write and pulling some of it up from the comments and into this post as part of my effort to create a living document of the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota (which started with the post Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: Your turn to speak up).

UPDATE: You can also share responses with me privately as part of an interactive map project I've launched. Go to: Interactive map: Tracking marriage amendment votes.

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Comments (8)

Exchange with Rep. Kirk Stensrud, Mtka.(his first, mine in response)

Dear Jan,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I apologize if I have missed some of your emails, but I hope you can understand that I have received a very high volume of email, letters and phone calls in the past 3 weeks regarding all of the issues we are working on as the end of session approaches. Considering I try to respond personally to those who contact me, it is challenging at times to stay on top of all contacts and responses in a timely matter although I try my best to do so. I realize we may not see eye to eye on the marriage amendment bill, however I want to assure you I heard from many constituents, by phone, email, and in person meetings, who supported its passage.

Again, I want to thank you for your email, and hope that you will not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts in the future.

Sincerely,
Kirk
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Pretty lame, Kirk. If you had conviction then you would have demonstrated it by speaking publicly for the amendment.
Are you listening to the other 50% of Minnetonka that didn’t elect you? Did you truly weigh this carefully? Did you agonize over this? Did you ask yourself what are the full consequences of my decision? If you had, you would have understood the next 17 months will essentially be a civil war. Words will be the weapon of choice, but they can be more searing than bullets. And innocent people will be hurt. My pastor yesterday nodded in full agreement when I conjectured this will be a war that disregards the Geneva conventions.
Through tears on Saturday night, my prayer was simply, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Jan Rabbers

So far I have heard nothing from my legislator. However, I must point out that he is not running in the next cycle, so it will be awhile before I hear from him (for his vote ha ha)

I wrote to ask my reps position and to ask him to vote against putting the amendment on the ballot. I got the following response within 30 min.:

I do not support a Constitutional Amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. In past legislative sessions, I have been a co-author of gender neutral marriage legislation. My district is home to many loving same-sex couples and I support their desire to form legally binding relationships with all of the benefits and responsibilities of marriage.

I believe this is a basic issue of human rights and I welcome the positive outcomes of citizens being able to have their dignity affirmed in their choice of loving relationships.

Carlos Mariani-Rosa
State Representative

With Kersten on the GOP side, their amendment is in trouble out of the gate.

All legislators, representatives and senators alike, will run in the next cycle due to re-districting.

I just this minute sent my DFL Rep. Denise Dittrich of Champlin AND COON RAPIDS (an official I had here-to-fore supported) a strongly-worded message of dismay and disappointment since she was but ONE OF TWO DFLers to support the amendment vote. As of yet, no reply from her.
I shall make her reply VERY public!
Beth Dhennin

What's up with Bobby Joe Champion's "No Vote" vote? ?????

To be fair, Champion should be listed as Absent, not No Vote. He was away from the Capital that day. If he had been there, he most certainly would have voted against it!