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In Sleepy Minnesota Suburbs, Church Ladies Launch Marriage Equality Crusade

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The Atlantic
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July 12, 2012

In the bedroom communities of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, Minnesota, billboards promoting right-wing candidates and talk show hosts frequently pop up between car dealerships and golf clubs. But a sudden proliferation of rainbow flags has made these neighborhoods into unexpected battlegrounds in the state's marriage debate. It started with Gwin Pratt, a senior pastor at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, which has a long history of advocating for LGBT equality. After the Minnesota State Legislature voted to include the amendment on the ballot, the congregation began an outreach plan to to oppose it. Cindy Eyden, a member of St. Luke, suggested buying rainbow flags in bulk and distributing them to anyone in the community who was interested. What she didn't know was that her idea would go viral.

Despite the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s recent decision not to recognize marriage equality within their doctrine, many individual churches and faithful Presbyterians continue to demonstrate their support for their gay and lesbian neighbors and friends. This story out of Minnesota is just one wonderful example.