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    Entries in Minnesota (5)


    2012 shows a social sea change on gay marriage

    By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service/The Washington Post - November 7, 2012

    Three times over, voters made history on Election Day, endorsing moves to allow gay marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington state.

    At the same time, Minnesota voters rejected a ballot measure that would have enshrined an anti-gay marriage law in their constitution, and neighboring Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin as the country’s first openly gay U.S. senator. [Read Full Story]


    Same-Sex Marriage Wins on the Ballot for the First Time in American History

    By Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic - November 7, 2012

    It was a pretty good night for marriage equality.

    In this year's general election, four states' ballots offered voters an opportunity to weigh in on marriage rights for same-sex couples. In three states, voters held the power to legalize same-sex marriage: Maryland voters chose between adopting or rejecting a new law permitting same-sex marriage, Maine voted on whether to overturn or ratify a 2009 measure that prohibited same-sex marriages, and Washington's vote was between endorsing or precluding a law similar to Maryland's that would make same-sex marriage legal and available. Minnesota, meanwhile, voted on whether to adopt a constitutional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. [Read Full Story]


    Various Christian Leaders Unite to Defeat Marriage Amendment

    By - October 11, 2012

    It's a political issue that has galvanized Minnesota's religious communities like no other.

    On Thursday, dozens of clergy members who oppose the state constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to a man and a woman spent the day making phone calls. They're seeking support from other Christian leaders across the state.

    They gathered early, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and started dialing. By early afternoon, they say they'd made more than 600 calls. According to Rev. Robyn Provis of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, "This is about being willing to publicly witness against the marriage amendment." [Read Full Story]


    Faith plays big role in gay marriage debate

    By Karla Hult, - October 11, 2012

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - For months, clergy members on both sides of the gay marriage amendment debate have weighed in across Minnesota.

    It's not a coincidence, since recent surveys showing 85 percent of Minnesotans consider themselves part of some kind of organized religion.

    But the challenge remains how do Minnesotans make a decision on a difficult ballot issue, while remaining true to their faith? [Read Full Story]


    Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops

    By Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minnesota Star-Tribune Commentary - December 8, 2011

    To My Brothers -- The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota: 

    In 1976 I was elected a Lutheran bishop in Minnesota -- one of seven such Lutheran leaders in the state. Over the next years one of the highlights of my time in office was the annual noon-to-noon retreat with our eight Catholic counterparts in the state.

    The bond that developed between us was deep and respectful. We shared our differences; we celebrated our likenesses. My friendship with Archbishop John Roach and Bishop Raymond Lucker, in particular, is a blessing I will treasure as long as I live. [Read Full Story]

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