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Coming Out Day Spurs Anti-Marriage Amendment Fight

Posted at: 10/11/2012 9:48 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 4:27 AM
By: Dietrich Nissen

(ABC 6 News) -- Two big issues on Minnesota's ballot are constitutional amendment proposals. One requiring an ID at the polls, the other banning gay marriage. On Thursday, the GLBT community celebrated what is known as National Coming Out Day (NCOD).

NCOD is a way for gays and lesbians to reveal their sexuality, and on Thursday it was celebrated by a group in Rochester. This year the Gay and Lesbian Youth and Community Service groups highlighted the need to vote against the marriage amendment that would define marriage between one man and one woman.

Members say it's about providing everyone with equal rights. The group also wants to bring awareness to youth bullying, especially after a Rochester gay youth committed suicide last spring.

"We want to make sure we're doing everything possible to not limit the freedoms of everybody in Minnesota," says Gale Julius with Rochester’s Gay and Lesbian Youth Service.

Supporters of the same-sex marriage amendment say they want to protect traditional marriage. They point out same-sex couples do not have the ability to produce children naturally and argue children are worse off without both a male and female parent.