Our guest blogger is Jack Jenkins, writer and researcher for the Center for America Progress’ Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative.
As the race tightens over Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment, supporters of marriage equality have released a new ad that cuts across political and religious lines.
The ad, created by Minnesotans United for All Families, features Kim and John, a straight couple who are identified as Catholics and Republicans. They explain they “didn’t really think a lot about same-sex marriage,” but had a change of heart when a lesbian couple with a child moved into their neighborhood.
“They were the most wonderful neighbors…They taught all of us, in our little suburban world,” Kim says, with John adding, “In our daughter’s world, her normal is so much different than ours, it didn’t faze her at all.”
The ad ends with the couple making an appeal to voters to support same-sex marriage by opposing the amendment:
KIM: It’s okay to take a second look.
JOHN: And when you do, vote no.
Watch the ad:
John and Kim aren’t the only Catholics fighting for marriage equality in Minnesota. While the Minnesota Catholic Conference officially supports the amendment, Catholics across the state are speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage, and the Human Rights Campaign offers talking points on how marriage equality fits with the Catholic faith. Over 300 Minnesota Catholics even recorded a YouTube video in April in which they sing a pro-marriage equality choral song. A wide coalition of faith leaders and groups oppose the amendment.