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Fifty residents of Hastings area rally against marriage amendment

On Sunday, approximately 50 people from Hastings, Rosemount and other area communities marched from Levee Park to Hastings City Hall. Their objective was simple--to encourage residents to vote "No" on a Minnesota amendment defining marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman.

If passed, the amendment would lead to the state's constitution including that definition.

A "No" vote would not legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The constitution would remain unchanged.

The 50 or so marchers congregated in Levee Park at approximately 5 p.m. They then made a brief march to Hastings City Hall, where they heard three speakers. The speakers were all residents of Hastings, and they offered testimonies as to why they believe a "No" vote to be crucial.

The event concluded around 7 p.m.

The rally was coordinated by Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition of community and business leaders campaigning to defeat the amendment.

Stephen Schreiber, who works for Minnesotans United for All Families, was among those in the audience.

"It was great to see a crowd come out on a Sunday evening to show their solidarity," he said. "This doesn't change current laws, but it starts the conversation."

Minnesotans will vote on the amendment on Nov. 6.

For more information on Minnesotans United for All Families, visit www.mnunited. org.