Minnesotans United has announced the formation of the MN United PAC, a political action committee that will support the campaigns to re-elect legislators who voted for marriage equality this session.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle admitted their concerns that a vote in favor of same-sex marriage could cost them their jobs in districts that opposed the change in law.
"Minnesotans United recognizes that casting a yes vote in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry was a decision that many legislators struggled with," said Richard Carlbom, Minnesotans United campaign manager. "But their leadership and choice to stand on the side of families and freedom in Minnesota should be commended."
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"There comes a time when you have to set politics aside and decide in your gut," said Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), one Republican who voted in favor of marriage equality.
"For those of you who are struggling with a conflict between your conscience and your politics … let me submit that you are not alone, but in the end, you will have to live with your own conscience at the end of the day," said Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-Minneapolis). "Do not vote out of fear -- of your constituents, or even of your family."
"MN United PAC will work tirelessly to ensure that the leaders in the Legislature – Republican and Democrat – who voted yes for marriage this year have the grassroots and financial support they need to be re-elected," Carlbom said. "These legislators cast an important historic vote, and now it's our turn to show our appreciation and tell them that we've got their back."
Minnesotans United previously worked to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The group also lobbied in favor of marriage equality at the Capitol this session.