Minnesotans United for All Families, the primary organization lining up in opposition to the proposed amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, reported Tuesday it had raised $3.1 million in the first half of 2012. The amount brought the group's total since the start of the campaign in 2011 to $4.6 million. Eighty-five percent of the money has come from within the state, the group said.
"Minnesotans are coming to the conclusion that limiting freedom to marry for same-sex couples is not how we do things in Minnesota," Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for the group, said in a statement.
The group supporting the amendment that will be decided by state voters in November, Minnesota for Marriage, reported it had raised $1.4 million through 2011 and 2012, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday. Chairman John Helmberger said his group "expected to be out-raised 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."
Similar bans have passed in 30 states, and none thus far have failed in referendums.