Marriage amendment opponents raise $2.5 million more to fund campaign

Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the marriage amendment, announced Tuesday night that it had raised an additional $2.5 million, bringing its total for the year to $5.96 million.

The group recently began running two television commercials opposing the proposed amendment, which would alter the state Constitution to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

The group says the $2.5 million raised since July came from 25,000 donors, 98 percent from within Minnesota. Since the campaign began last year, the group has raised $8.2 million from 44,000 donors.

Minnesota for Marriage, the group supporting passage of the amendment, may release an updated report later Wednesday; in July, it had raised about $600,000, compared with Minnesotans United’s $3.1 million at that time.

 This week, Minnesota’s Catholic bishops are sending letters to 400,000 parishioners asking for contributions to the campaign to pass the amendment.

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