Kickoff planned for effort to defeat marriage amendment | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Kickoff planned for effort to defeat marriage amendment

Posted: July 26, 2012 - 9:32pm

Community residents, faith leaders and parents will gather in Brainerd Saturday to organize opposition to the marriage amendment that will be on the ballot in November.

The event will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 415 Juniper St. in Brainerd. Organizers say the amendment would limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota.

Among the expected speakers at the event are Scott Lykins, a Brainerd native, and an intern with Minnesotans United for All Families (a group opposed to the amendment); Brad and Joanie Swanson, Pine Rive residents and the parents of a gay son; Terry Frovik of Nisswa, a retired Evangelical Lutheran Church of America pastor.

A group of area residents and leaders working with Minnesotans United for All Families are organizing the Central Minnesota Votes No! community kickoff. Organizers said those attending will discuss the efforts in their own communities to defeat the amendment. Community leaders will share personal stories to encourage others to have conversations with their friends, family and neighbors about why they’re voting no in November. The event, which lasts until noon, will include speakers, campaign information and small group discussion.