- A Matter of Social Justice: Catholics Voting ‘No’ on Both Amendments
- Saturday, September 29, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul
- Featuring National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie L. Manson
- Truth to Tell | Gay Marriage: Catholics in Conundrum
- Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote?
Catholics for Marriage Equality MN
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(September 13, 2012) On November 6 Minnesotans will be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' on two ballot initiatives that seek to amend the state constitution. If either the 'voter photo ID amendment' or the 'marriage amendment' passes then the Minnesota constitution will be amended to restrict and/or deny important freedoms and rights to certain individuals and groups.
At C4ME-MN's September 29 forum, A Matter of Social Justice, we'll hear from representatives of both 'Vote No' campaigns – Our Vote, Our Future and Minnesotans United for All Families. What's the latest news from both campaigns? How are their efforts proceeding? How can we get involved to help defeat both amendments? Come hear the answers to these and other questions on September 29.
Our keynote speaker for the evening will be National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie L. Manson. Jamie will help us 'make the connections' between the 'voter photo ID amendment' and the 'marriage amendment' as they relate to the struggle for full equality of LGBT people. In making these connections, Jamie will draw from Catholicism's rich tradition of social justice and human rights.
As a matter of social justice for LGBT people and others who will be negatively impacted if either or both amendments are passed, please join us on September 29!
About the Amendments
The Minnesota 'voter photo ID amendment' is seen by many as a right-wing power grab. This is because it proposes measures to restrict minority voters (students, people of color, seniors, the poor) from the polls. These minority groups tend not to vote for right-wing agendas, including the undermining and/prevention of LGBT rights legislation. A range of current and future advances in LGBT rights, not just 'marriage equality,' are thus threatened by the proposed 'voter photo ID amendment.' Proponents of the amendment say that it is needed to prevent or eliminate the threat of fraudulent voting. The campaign working to defeat the 'voter photo ID amendment' is Our Vote, Our Future.
The 'marriage amendment' will ask Minnesotans to vote on whether or not the state constitution should be amended so as to define marriage as “solely between one man and one woman.” If defeated, civil marriage rights will still be denied same-sex couples as Minnesota already bans these rights. However, if passed the 'marriage amendment' will send a hurtful message to LGBT individuals and families and make it virtually impossible for the courts to grant civil marriage rights to same-sex couples or for the state legislature to pass legislation in favor of such rights in the future. Proponents of the amendment say it is needed to "protect the sanctity of marriage." The campaign working to defeat the 'marriage amendment' is Minnesotans United for All Families.
About our Keynote Speaker
Jamie L. Manson received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics with Margaret Farley. Her weekly column, 'Grace on the Margins,' appears in the National Catholic Reporter. Her writing has won numerous awards, most recently second place for Commentary of the Year (2012) from the Religion Newswriters (RNA). In January 2011, her essay on St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, was highlighted by Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times op-ed column. In November 2011, Jamie was a keynote speaker at the national Call to Action conference.
Jamie is the former editor in chief of the Yale magazine Reflections. As a lay minister, she has served two Manhattan churches in the roles of director of faith formation and as director of social justice ministries. In both churches she worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations
A frequent speaker and retreat leader, she is a regular homilist for the New York City chapter of DignityUSA, and has served on the board of the Women’s Ordination Conference.
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To view this announcment at Sensus Fideliuim, the blogsite of C4ME-MN, and to access links to numerous articles on both amendments, visit here.
Truth to Tell | Gay Marriage: Catholics in Conundrum, Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN
- Catholic churches are not the only communities of faith backing the Marriage Amendment, but the vigor with which the Church has funded (to the tune of $650,000) and lobbied for the measure over the last several years is one of the most blatantly political incursions we’ve ever witnessed at this level.
- The Thoughtful Voter’s Guide to Same-Sex Marriage
Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote? Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN
- We continue our election coverage with the second of the Constitutional amendments facing Minnesota voters in November – the so-called Voter ID amendment – which would memorialize in cement a requirement that all voters present a government issued picture identification card in order to cast a ballot.
- Truth to Tell | Gay Marriage: Catholics in Conundrum