More than 550 people of faith gathered at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis on Monday to learn more about organizing a faith-based opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment bannin same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
Organizers for the meeting say people of faith have been sidelined in past efforts to defeat such amendments, with campaigns opting to keep religion out of the discussion. But in Minnesota’s debate, they plan to have religious leaders front and center.
Javen Swanson, a member of Outfront Minnesota’s Faith Organizing Workgroup, said they initially had planned for a smaller group.
“When we started planning the faith organizing kickoff about six weeks ago, we thought it would be great if we could get 250 people there,” he told The Independent. “As it turns out, around 550 people showed up and packed the sanctuary.”
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