Obama ‘does not support’ Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment


President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign on Monday issued a statement that said the President “does not support” a proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.

The statement, from Obama for America’s Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie, said:

“While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples.

“That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do — it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples — and that’s why the President does not support it.”

This is not the first time the Obama campaign has weighed in on a same-sex marriage ballot measure.

Last month, the campaign released a similar statement opposing North Carolina‘s version of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

North Carolina voters will take up the issue on May 8; Minnesota voters will consider the proposed amendment in November.

According to a Public Policy Polling survey in late January, 48 percent of Minnesota voters say they support the ban, while 44 percent are opposed.

In North Carolina, an Elon University Poll released last week found that six out of ten persons would oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, while 38 percent said they would support it.

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