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State marriage amendment to be debated Sept. 11

Posted: September 4, 2012 - 9:27pm

The League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Area (LWVBLA), in collaboration with the Center for Life-Long Learning, will present a discussion on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, will debate the amendment with the Rev. Deborah Celley. Matt Gehring, legal analyst and research department staff Member of the House of Representatives, will speak regarding the legal aspect of the amendment. Karen Christopherson, LWVBLA member, will be moderate the discussion.

Sen. Limmer, who represents District 32, served six years as a state representative before his election to the Minnesota Senate as a result of a special election in 1995. Since that year he continues to represent citizens in the Minnesota Senate from northwest Hennepin and northeast Wright counties. He is the chairman of the Minnesota Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. He is also known for his outspoken debate skills promoting socially conservative issues and preserving traditional marriage. He was the chief author of the marriage amendment that passed the Minnesota Senate in 2011.

Rev. Celley has served as the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Brainerd since August of 1998. She earned a B.A. from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., in 1986, a M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., in 1990, and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1990. Before coming to Brainerd, she had served churches in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. She and her husband have two daughters.

The program is being co-presented by the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area and the Center for Life-Long Learning and is open to the public at no charge. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League of Women Voters believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

The league’s board of directors passed a resolution opposing the effort to amend Minnesota’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage at its December meeting.

For more information on the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area visit their Facebook page or call President Sandy Ruether at 218-562-4748.