News Release

VOTE NO rally

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Photo of Denny Smith '67 '71, executive director of Winning Marraige Equality

Denny Smith '67 '71, executive director of the St. Cloud-based advocacy group Winning Marraige Equality.

Members of the LGBT communities and their allies will rally 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in Atwood Memorial Center Theater in opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex civil marriage.

The free 3-5 p.m. event is sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. View the event poster (PDF).

Denny Smith, executive director of St. Cloud-based Winning Marriage Equality, will present. Smith, a two-time graduate of St. Cloud State, is a veteran teacher and father of a gay son. View his biography page.

The federal government does not recognize same-sex civil marriage, as codified in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. However, six states, including neighboring Iowa, issue same-sex civil marriage licenses.

A 1997 Minnesota law prohibits same-sex civil marriage in the North Star state. Minnesota voters will vote in November 2012 on a constitutional amendment that would further enshrine that prohibition into law. 

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