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First TV ad in the marriage amendment debate is run by opponents

The marriage amendment debate comes to Minnesota television screens today.

The Marriage Amendment debate comes to Minnesota television screens today, when the first TV ad is aired by opponents of the measure, which would amend the state Constitution to restrict marriage to one man and one woman.

The national Freedom to Marry organization is running the ads on broadcast and cable networks in the Twin Cities and Duluth markets for several weeks.

The ad, which can be seen on YouTube, too, features a Duluth couple, married 59 years, who say gay and lesbian people should have the freedom to marry the ones they love. The couple has a gay grandson.

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Supporters of the amendment are expected to air their own commercials before the matter is decided on the November state-wide ballot.