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Day of Reason & Marriage Discrimination Protest – Capitol Rotunda, 12pm, May 3rd

May 2, 2012

From 12:00pm to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd, the Minnesotan chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will join the Minnesota Humanists and Minnesota Atheists in the “Day of Reason” rally inside the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. This celebration of the separation of state and church provides a counter to the “Day of Prayer” event held at the same time outside on the Capitol steps.

While any group of citizens may hold a rally on the Capitol steps, and any group of citizens may celebrate and pray in the non-disruptive way of their choosing,  MN AU is opposed to the government endorsement of this specifically religious event, which does much to divide our nation by religious practice (or lack thereof).

This year the message of the “Day of Reason” will focus on the injustice of denial of equal rights to gays and lesbians, especially when it comes to civil marriage.

This November an amendment will be on the ballot asking Minnesotans to enshrine bigotry in our state constitution by limiting civil marriage to heterosexuals.  The MN chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State opposes this amendment.

The National Day of Reason was instituted as a protest against the National Day of Prayer, which was established by an act of Congress in 1952, and fixed as the first Thursday in May by a law enacted in 1988. The National Day of Reason is observed by secular groups across the country in support of separation of church and state.

Help us remind our government officials that they represent all citizens, regardless of whether they belong to one particular set of religions or not.

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