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    Kate Brickman, Autumn Leva join Political Happy Hour

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 7:46 PM EDT2012-10-24 23:46:15 GMT
    Kate Brickman, of Minnesota United for All Families, and Autumn Leva, of Minnesota for Marriage, joined Political Happy Hour for a frank discussion of the proposed amendment to define marriage.
    Kate Brickman, of Minnesota United for All Families, and Autumn Leva, of Minnesota for Marriage, joined Political Happy Hour for a frank discussion of the proposed amendment to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

As the election nears, it's crunch time for supporters and opponents of proposed constitutional amendments in Minnesota. Opponents of the marriage amendment held a huge rally on Monday while the supporters worked to ratchet up their get-out the vote effort.

One week before Election Day, the get-out-the-vote rally for those opposing the amendment that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman packed Northrup Plaza at the University of Minnesota campus. Opponents were fired up, telling the crowd that "love will prevail" at the polls.

"Together, I believe we can defeat this divisive amendment," said Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Along with political heavyweights, the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx and a Hollywood actress also took the chance to speak out.

"As a nation, we are built on inclusion -- not exclusion," Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said. "Our Statue of Liberty says, 'Bring us your tired and poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.' It does not say, 'Stay out, gays.'"

Recent polls put the race in a dead heat, but Richard Carlbom, of Minnesotans United for All Families, said he's confident they'll win the multi-million dollar fight.

"When Minnesotans measure their vote against their core values and their emotional connection to freedom, they will vote no," he said.

Meanwhile, Minnesota for Marriage was working on a much quieter effort to get out the vote in the final days. Volunteers were working the phones to encourage people to vote for the amendment.

"We always knew it would be a close race," said Autumn Leva, of Minnesota for Marriage.

Organizers in the 'Vote Yes' camp insist they don't need large political gatherings or celebrity endorsements to realize their goals.

"Rallies are great, but they don't make votes," Leva said. "It's kind of more of a show. The important thing is getting people to vote on Election Day."

In order to amend the state's Constitution, the amendment would need to be passed with at least 50 percent of all votes cast.

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