On the morning that Minnesota officially became the 13th state to allow same-sex marriages, the anti-gay marriage group Minnesota for Marriage launched a campaign effort to elect a “pro-marriage majority” in the state House next fall.
The “Marriage Majority Initiative,” announced by the group on Thursday morning, will “work to restore a pro-marriage majority in the Minnesota House in 2014 by supporting legislators who withstood immense political pressure in order to cast a vote in defense of traditional marriage,” according to a release.
The group also plans to target districts “where legislators abandoned their constituents in favor of the same-sex ‘marriage’ lobby.” Minnesota for Marriage campaigned for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage last fall and lobbied against legalization this session.
“Minnesotans around the state have been asking ‘what’s next?’ after a group of legislators forced same-sex ‘marriage’ on the state. The Marriage Majority Initiative will help them answer that question by restoring a pro-Marriage majority in their state government,” John Helmberger, Chairman of Minnesota for Marriage and CEO of the conservative Minnesota Family Council, wrote in a release. “We are blessed to live in a country where the people can choose their representation. And, when their chosen representation fails them, the people have the opportunity to choose new leaders.”
Minnesotans United for All Families, the group responsible for beating the proposed constitutional amendment and leading the effort to legalize, has already formed the MN United PAC to defend a bipartisan group of 15 swing-district legislators who supported gay marriage. Their ranks include five Republican lawmakers who crossed over to vote yes and 10 DFL legislators in the House who serve in rural districts that supported the constitutional ban initiative in the 2012 election.