Considerable attention in the press has been focused on the constitutional amendment referendum to forbid the state to recognize same-sex marriages. This is the ballot measure with which we at Minnesota Atheists are most concerned, because the only serious reason in support of the amendment is ancient bigotry based on religion. Additionally, there are candidates who have stated their intention to use the government to benefit religion and serve God. Minnesota is not unique – there are issues like this all over the country. Referendums prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriage will also be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, and Washington State. In Florida there will be a referendum to amend the state constitution to permit the government to pay revenues from the public treasury directly to churches.
When our November public meeting is held, the elections will be all decided. David Pacheco will review the results that are important from the standpoint of our political concern, the separation of church and state.
David Pacheco is a member of the board of directors of the newly formed Minnesota chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
If You Go...
Sunday, November 18, 2012
12601 Ridgedale Drive
1:00-1:15 Social Time
1:15-1:45 Business Meeting
2:00-3:30 Pacheco Presentation
4:00- Dinner at Wanderer’s Garden