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Brainerd debate canceled after pro-marriage-amendment speaker withdraws

The debate was to be sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters.

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.