MINNESOTA - First District Rep. Tim Walz has decided to plunge into the debate over Minnesota's marriage amendment vote by launching today a veterans group that opposes it.
The group, Veterans United, is a coalition of veterans from the armed services that oppose a ban on same-sex marriage. The organization will be led by Walz and Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt, a politically active Minnesota couple whose openly-gay son Andrew was killed in 2011 during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
In a press release, the organization states that the Wilfahrts oppose any amendment that would have prevented Andrew from having the freedom to marry the person he loved, if he had he returned safely home to Minnesota.
The group is working in connection with Minnesotans United for All Families, an organization working against passage of the marriage amendment.
The group plans to tour the state in the weeks ahead of the Nov. 6 election to speak out against the amendment.
The launching ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. today in Room 125 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Walz and the Wilfahrts will attend, along with Trista Matascatillo of the Marines and Minnesota Army National Guard, and Brian Cihacek of the Minnesota National Guard.
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