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Ward meets with gay marriage opponents


Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, Tuesday met with an estimated 170 opponents of gay marriage at St. Andrew’s Church in Brainerd, stating the issue was the most difficult of his career.

Ward is undecided on how he would vote in an anticipated vote to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota. The retired Brainerd School District teacher is one of a number of DFL lawmakers who represents districts that voted yes on the proposed constitutional amendment.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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