Bil Browning

Dear Abby Has Marriage Advice for Minnesota

Filed By Bil Browning | October 09, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Abigail Van Buren, advice column, constitutional amendment, Dear Abby, gay marriage, marriage equality, Minnesota, same-sex marriage

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.

bigstock-The-words-Need-Some-Advice-in--26511743.jpgJeanne 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.

Dear Bil,

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.

Please, contribute $35 (or more) today - before the October 13 midnight deadline - to help Minnesotans United meet their goal and defeat this amendment. Doing so will prove that Minnesota is a place that values diversity and supports all families!

My mother, Pauline Phillips, the founder of the Dear Abby column, taught me as a young girl that when we are faced with a tough decision that affects another person, it is important to consider how we would want to be treated. No one would want to be told that it is illegal to marry the person they love, but that is exactly what this amendment would do.

I was raised to believe that each and every one of us has intrinsic value. Excluding some citizens from their basic rights and freedoms because of who they are is wrong.

So please take my advice; VOTE NO on the marriage amendment in November - and please encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Special interests who are trying to pass this amendment will pump millions of dollars into Minnesota. Minnesotans United for All Families needs your help to tell the truth about why this amendment is wrong.

Please rush a donation today - before the October 13 midnight deadline - to help Minnesotans United meet their goal and defeat this hurtful amendment. Time is running out!

Thank you for standing up for all families. Love is love, regardless of gender.

Warmest wishes,

Jeanne Phillips aka "Dear Abby"

(Advice graphic via Bigstock)

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