It's not often that I'll simply reprint a blast e-mail from one of the many marriage campaigns happening this year, but this one is too good not to share. While we've seen football players, corporations, politicians, and celebrities come out for marriage equality, this one is unique.
Jeanne Phillips, the columnist behind the Dear Abby advice columns, has teamed up with Minnesotans United for All Families to fight back against the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Why is this extra special?
The Dear Abby column is beloved nationwide - especially by older adults who grew up with the little question and answers as part of their daily newspaper routine. She goes in many places that we'd never reach - especially in conservative households. Here's hoping she turns this e-blast into an expanded piece for a column that publishes before the election. It'd generate some earned media while also reaching voters directly - not just in Minnesota, but also in other battleground states.
I enjoy the privilege of providing advice to Americans every day. It is always my sincerest hope that the advice I give will be helpful.
Minnesota holds a dear place in my heart. I was born in Minneapolis.
In 1944, my grandparents created the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. They believed deeply in giving back to their community and honoring diversity.
It is in that spirit that I'm writing to you today. In just a few weeks, Minnesotans will vote on a hurtful constitutional amendment that would permanently exclude same-sex couples from marriage.
The e-mail continues after the break.