The principal groups fighting for and against a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage have released their latest television spots.
The spot for Minnesotans United for All Families, which is opposing the amendment, features state Rep. John Kriesel‘s 2011 House floor speech beseeching his fellow legislators to oppose the measure. Kriesel holds up a picture of Andrew Wilfahrt, a gay soldier who died fighting in Afghanistan. “I cannot look at this picture and say, ‘Corporal, you were good enough to fight for your country and give your life, but you were not good enough to marry the person you love,'” said Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who is stepping down after one term in the house. (Wilfahrt’s father, Jeff, is running in House District 57B as a DFLer.)
The most recent ad released by Minnesota for Marriage, the principal group supporting the amendment, suggests that kids in second grade might be taught about gay marriage if the amendment isn’t adopted. It features Massachusetts couple David and Tonia Parker discussing their experience after same-sex marriage was legalized in that state. “If marriage is redefined in Minnesota, same-sex marriage could be taught in local schools, just as it was in Massachusetts,” Tonia says in the spot. “Don’t make the same mistake and think that gay marriage won’t affect you.”
Here’s the Kriesel spot:
Here’s the Parker spot: