Marriage Amendment Discussion Comes to Woodbury

Minnesota for Marriage event planned at New Life Church.

Residents on Thursday will have a chance to discuss the upcoming ballot initiative that would define marriage in Minnesota as the union of one man and one woman in the state constitution.

New Life Church of Woodbury is hosting a Minnesota for Marriage event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Mark LaFollette, lead pastor at New Life, said the church supports the constitutional amendment. 

“We affirm that message based on what the Bible says,” he said, pointing to the second chapter of Genesis.

Thursday’s event is titled “Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty,” and will feature Pastor Brad Brandon, according to a release from the group.

It will be an open public forum, LaFollette said.

A recent poll shows that support for the marriage amendment has been slipping, according to an Oct. 8 Star Tribune post.

“We know that this race is neck and neck right now and will remain so,” Kate Brickman, spokeswoman for Minnesotans United for All Families, the lead group opposing the measure, told the newspaper. “Our campaign is focused on sparking conversations with Minnesotans about why marriage matters and why no one should be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love.”


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STW October 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The role of government should not be to define marriage. Let that be left up to others that wish to place their values on us. Let Government define what a union is. The definition of a union will become the binding law. We should all be wanting the government to stay out our religion, and religion to stay out of our government.
garret October 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Joyce, The reformed Jewish community supports same sex marriage but not the Orthodox Jews. Same can be said for the ELCA vs other Protestant Christian beliefs. Those communities are a fraction of our faith communities. You ask "And why should these same conservative religious groups be able to tell non-religious people how to conduct their lives?" And yet your willing to suggest the opposite is acceptable? That those with a belief system (religeous or otherwise) are somehow irrelevant to the conversation? What about Polygamists? This group has been deprived as well, should they also gain constitutional protection? Simon: Sorry you have in some why been offended or burned by a faith community in the past, but your judgement of this group is the hypocrisy here. Brainwashed zealots? Pretty sure no one is calling to arms on this issue and certainly not from New Life. Not sure what drowning in Holy water or being hung by a tree even means.
Simon D October 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I was just being overdramatic.
Susan October 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I would suggest that those having a complaint or issue about the location, try to set up another event at a more neutral location. If the church is hosting an event, why can't you? Just an idea...
Chris Soukup October 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
They have. I recall an event at a local church thy was advertised as a discussion on Voter ID, but there were no pro-ID speakers. This is just typical in politics an both sides need to deal with it.


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