A vote on marriage
There should be no question whether our
counties in Minnesota, 75 voted to preserve the true understanding of
marriage in the constitution. The 12 counties voting against the
amendment were Blue Earth, Cook, Dakota, Hennepin, Nicollet, Olmsted,
Ramsey, Rice, Scott, St. Louis, Washington, and Winona. More than half
of those who voted “no” or who left the question blank were from the
four metropolitan counties of Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington.
has 67 legislative districts. Each district has one senator and tworepresentatives. Thus we have 67 senators and 134 representatives.
Districts1 through 35 encompass outstate Minnesota. Twenty-six of those 35senators and 54 of those 70 representatives represent districts thatvoted in favor of themarriage amendment. Those include Sen. Tom Saxhaug (05, DFL), Sen. PaulGazelka (09, R), Sen. Carrie Ruud (10, R), Rep. John Persell (05A,DFL), Rep. John Anzelc (05B, DFL), Rep. Mark Anderson (09A, R), Rep.Ron Kresha (09B, R), Rep. John Ward (10A, DFL), and Rep. Joe Radinovich(10B, DFL).
Local senators and representatives – yourconstituents have given you a clear directive to vote against SF 925and HF 1054. You should have no uncertainty. Regardless of yourpersonal feelings or your political ambitions, you were elected torepresent us and to be our voice in the legislature. Remember that whenyou’re getting bullied and beat up by your big-city colleagues in St.Paul.
Please contact your senator and your representative –whether it is by letter, e-mail, tweet, text message, phone call,and/or personal visit – and remind them that they owe a duty to us,their constituents, and that they will fulfill that duty by votingagainst SF 925 and HF 1054.