Marriage Amendment is Personal for UMD Hockey Coach

Posted at: 10/22/2012 6:23 PM
Updated at: 10/22/2012 6:31 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

UMD Women's head hockey coach is used to making headlines about her team's successes, but not usually about herself.

However, on Monday, that changed as Coach Shannon Miller give a personal plea against the upcoming marriage amendment. A small crowd of supporters met at Duluth's Art in the Alley for the event.

Miller, who was born in Canada, married her American partner six years ago. She said love and commitment come in many different forms. She said that even in her own childhood, the face of her family changed when she gained a step-father and step-siblings.

"I joined this debate on marriage because I believe it's a fundamental freedom to marry the person you love and become freedom....so no matter what the make up of your family, family is family and it's a foundation of love," Miller said.

Miller is advocating that citizens vote no against the amendment. However, opposing groups like Minnesota for Marriage say Minnesotans have already spoken out on the issue; gay marriage is already illegal in the state.

"Minnesotans have already spoken--they want the chance for their own voices to be heard on what marriage should be," said Autumn Leva, spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage. "The legislature has given them that chance. And as we've seen in 31 out of 31 other states that have already passed a Marriage Amendment, the voices of citizens speak loudly in the voting booth."

The passage of the marriage amendment would define marriage on Minnesota's constitution as between one man and one woman.