Minnesotans voted against a proposed amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, further securing a historic victory for marriage equality.
While gay marriage is still banned by statute, Minnesota became the first state to defeat an anti-marriage ballot initiative.
“Today Minnesotans affirmed that marriage matters for their gay and lesbian neighbors and friends, as for all of us, and refused to slam the door on marriage in the state constitution,” Thalia Zepatos, Freedom to Marry‘s Director of Public Engagement and a key adviser to Minnesotans United for All Families, said in a statement. “Now loving and committed couples in Minnesota will be able to work to achieve their dream of crossing the threshold, respected equally under the law.”
The campaign against the amendment became the largest ballot campaign in state history, utilizing a coalition of 700 partner organizations, raising more than $13 million from over 67,000 donors and making over 2 million phone calls over the course of two years.
Minnesotans United for All Families campaign manager Richard Carlborn credits Freedom to Marry for its leadership, expertise and funding, as the campaign’s largest investor.
Maine, Maryland and Washington made history earlier yesterday, becoming the first states to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.
Zepatos expressed hope that Minnesota would someday join them. “Non-gay people joined gay people across the states to stand up for freedom and fairness, and move Minnesota closer to the freedom to marry for all.”