Minnesota Voters to Decide on Marriage Definition

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This coming election day, Minnesota voters will decide on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Religious leaders are speaking out on both sides of the issue. Some gathered to protest the amendment Tuesday. They say it limits basic rights and violates their belief in love and acceptance.

"We want all of Rochester to see that there are religous leaders and clergy and community that believe you can be loving and express your faith and to vote no is the loving thing to do," Rev. Kayla Bonewell, minister at Peace United Church of Christ, said during an interview with Minnesota's KAAL-TV, Rev.

"A lot of times you hear that people are voting yes because of their religous beliefs, but you don't always understand that people are voting no because of their religous faith," she said.

Bonewell continued, "When it comes down to it, Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is to love the Lord with your heart and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself and is voting yes truly loving your neighbor."

Meanwhile, Catholic, Muslim, Mormon, and evangelical leaders rallied across town in support the proposed state constitutional amendment. They say they must stand together in support of traditional marriage.

"For Muslims we believe the Koran to be the word of God in that God tells us that a sign that he created passion between husband and wife," Rashed Ferdous, a member of the Rochester Islamic Community, said during a news conference Tuesday.

"This is not a new position for us it's really at the core of what we believe about marriage, and we are defending a truth of our faith," Bishop John Quinn, with the Winona Catholic Dioceses, said during the same meeting.

Polls show Minnesota voters are split on the marriage amendment. It will need more than 50 percent to pass.

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