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Minnesota Gay Lobby outraises traditional marriage supporters 3 TO 1-- raises many millions of dollars more!

Opponents to a proposed (traditional) marriage amendment (to define marriage as between one man and one woman) to Minnesota's constitution have raised more than three times the amount of its supporters.

(The pro-homosexual) Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group lining up opposition to the amendment, raised $3.1 million in the first half of 2012, according to a report released Tuesday, June 19.

That brings the total raised since the start of the campaign in 2011 to $4.6 million. The group said it has taken in contributions from more than 19,000 individual donors over the entire campaign and that 85 percent of the money raised has come from within the state.


Meanwhile, the main group that's pushing for the amendment has raised $1.4 million. Minnesota for Marriage announced its fundraising totals Tuesday, the total including 2011 figures as well as the first half of 2012, a spokesman said.

Minnesotans will be asked in November to vote on whether to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage is already prohibited under state law.

John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, said his group expected to be outraised by their opponents but takes comfort in knowing that a similar fundraising dynamic in other states didn't prevent gay marriage bans from succeeding there.