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PHOTOS: Rice County Group Launches Campaign Against Marriage Amendment

“I have come to recognize that people love who they love and that love I don’t think should be limited in any way,” said Rev. Eva Cavaleri, an Episcopal Priest and Chaplain at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault.

More than 250 people gathered at on Monday night in support of the Rice County Votes No program, an effort to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

Rev. Eva Cavaleri, an Episcopal Priest and Chaplain at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, was one of the speakers at the event. Following the event, she told Northfield Patch that she had been privileged to be part of many different faith communities that have accepted families of all shapes and sizes.

“I have come to recognize that people love who they love and that love I don’t think should be limited in any way,” Cavaleri said.

Also part of Monday’s event was a performance by the Coalition Choir, the reading of an original poem written by Rob Hardy and speeches from Marie Frederickson, who spoke about the experience of her son coming out in high school, and Kate Wall, who talked about her life and relationship with her partner. Breakout sessions followed the general assembly.

Thirty-one states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. The measure has passed in every state in which it was on the ballot. Eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized gay marriage.

In the coming weeks Cavaleri said she looks forward to having conversations with people to talk about why it’s important to let people love who they want to love.

“I hope that it’s with that spirit and heart that people will go to the polls in November and vote against the amendment," she said.

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Corey Butler Jr. June 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Have you made up your mind already? How do you plan to vote?
Deb Simon June 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I'll vote against it but sadly, I think it'll pass. The younger generations have a more open attitude though so I think someday gay marriage will be legal.
Karine Ravetto June 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
This will pass with an overwhelming majority - so get used to it. This country is changing and changing fast – back towards its conservative roots. You people better accept this, or find your own country that you can create in your utopian minds. The likes of Northfield, Carleton, Uptown or St. Paul are quickly becoming the enemy, and we are bring the fight to your doorstep. Want proof? Look to Scott Walker in Wisconsin, look to the 2010 elections, look at the Rino Republicans getting to boot, look how the Tea Party is flexing its muscle and how the Occupy movement quickly ran it’s coarse and died. Its funny how even your media is in panic, and had to doctor what Romney said in order to paint him in a negative light. Wow did that backfire!!! So do I think the amendment will pass – yes and no question about it. I wonder liberals, anti-Semites, progressives, communists, socialists, and Marxists – how does it feel to be laughed at and butt of all jokes?
Will Hardy June 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM
If you really thought it was going to pass with an overwhelming majority, you wouldn't have spent such a long time crafting such a hateful comment defensive of your own conservative views. This isn't about partisanship, politics, or popular culture. This isn't about you. It's about defending the rights of the countless homosexual that serve our community and serve you, whether or not you are aware of it, who you've just alienated with your terribly hurtful comment. I deeply hope this amendment doesn't pass, but whether or not it does, it was still so beautiful to see so many people together in one place supportive of gay's rights in our community.
Amy June 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm curious, Karine....What conservative roots do you believe this country was built upon? My understanding is that the most beatiful treasure we have always had in the United States is freedom. Freedom is a fairly radical concept in this world and many generations have fought in this country to embrace that freedom as we developed as a society to understand how treating people equally is a part of freedom for all. (For women, for people of color, for all differences. ) Freedom is nothing to joke about.....when my sister and her partner were able to get married in Iowa, I felt the power of that freedom. I know it is hard to imagine as heterosexuals how oppressive an anti-marriage law would feel, but think about it terms of it being illegal to marry the person you love because your society doesn't recognize your love. This isn't about politics, my super conservative (politically) relatives were at that wedding, celebrating with the rest of us. This is about people and to pass this amendment would be hurtful. It goes against everything that is "Minnesota nice." Amy Haslett-Marroquin
Rob Hardy June 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
"It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, and no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence." George Washington, "Farewell Address," 1796. "I want a kind and tender heart..." John Quincy Adams, "The Wants of Man." "With malice toward none, with charity for all..." Abraham Lincoln, "Second Inaugural Address," 1865. "Utopian minds," indeed. Justice, benevolence, kindness, charity, magnanimity: these are in the roots of the American people, and nourish the tree of liberty which continues to grow and shelter more people under its generous branches.

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