Associated Press
August 24, 2012
It’s called the Great Minnesota Get-together, but this year both sides in the campaign over the constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples are trying to make it the Great Minnesota Conversation. The campaigns both for and against the amendment debuted their Minnesota State Fair booths on its opening day Thursday. The fair, expected to draw 1.7 million visitors this year, has long been a must for political candidates and caucuses as its late August and early September dates coincide with the fall campaign kicking into high gear. “We’ve been talking about this for months and months, but for a lot of people this is when they really start paying attention to politics,” said Kate Brickman, spokeswoman for Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the marriage amendment.