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.