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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his sons support gay marriage

They are raising money to defeat anti-gay amendment on state ballot

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and his sons Eric and Andrew are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to trying to defeat an anti-gay marriage initiative on the ballot this November.

The governor will be hosting the First Ever MN Governor's Pride Reception, a fundraiser for the vote no effort on June 19. Meanwhile, his sons have offered to match all donations (up to $200,000) made to Minnesotans United for All Families the group fighting the ballot measure, through June 12.

'It's simple: Committed, same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry.' they wrote in an email. 'Together, we can contribute $400,000 toward Minnesotans United's efforts to protect that freedom.'

Eric Dayton and Andrew Dayton own the Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown Minnesota. The eatery got national attention last week when President Barack Obama had a meal there during his trip to the state.

On Minnesotans United's web page, the brothers said: 'The November election is our chance to show the rest of the country Minnesota's true character - all of us, coming together to stand with our friends, relatives and neighbors. We can make sure our state remains on the side of freedom - the freedom to choose the life you want to live.'

A poll released this week by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed 49 percent of Minnesota voters are against amending the state constitution to state that marriage is between one man and one woman while 43 percent favor such a change.

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