Brainerd debate canceled after pro-marriage-amendment speaker withdraws

A debate on the marriage amendment, scheduled for Tuesday in Brainerd, has been canceled, organizers say.

An announcement from the debate sponsors, the Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters, says:

[State] Senator Warren Limmer, author of the amendment, notified local League of Women Voters President, Sandy Reuther, on Friday of his intent to withdraw from the program. Citing concerns about the program format as well as his concern about the State League of Women Voters’ position opposing the amendment, Senator Limmer  wrote that he would not be participating.

The League said the debate was supposed to be an “informational meeting to make voters aware of the pros and cons of this constitutional amendment.” But without Limmer’s participation, the group decided it would not be balanced and canceled it.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jerry Buerge on 09/11/2012 - 08:46 pm.

    Say What?

    It seems to me that there must be something radically wrong with the subject when the drafter of the amendment is unwilling to defend it in front of any group.

    This action is the second instance of a Republican being unwilling to come front and center in defense of attempted selective reassignment of the removal of statute authority from the Legislature to become a supposedly fixed part of the constitution of Minnesota.

    We are certainly justified in asking why this is taking place and if it signifies there may be some other motive behind this tactic?

    I guess this means it best to simply not vote these items at all, unless one is very sure about every aspect of the issues.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/12/2012 - 09:37 am.

    Concerns about the format

    I’m guessing that means “There will be people who oppose me there.”

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