Same-sex marriage opponents plot legislative strategy
December 19, 2012 — 8:16am
By Baird Helgeson
Minnesota for Marriage, the group that tried unsuccessfully to put a same-sex marriage ban in the state Constitution, is holding a strategy session today to block a potential legislative push to legalize same-sex marriage.
Many same-sex marriage advocates want to change the law now that Democrats control the Legislature and the governor’s office.
Same-sex marriage opponents are also trying to find ways to strengthen "traditional marriage" in the Legislature, said Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which has been heavily involved in the effort.
“Minnesota for Marriage will continue to grow the network of over 90,000 supporters amassed during the marriage amendment campaign,” Adkins said.
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