PLAY DATES WITH A PURPOSE™
Play Dates with a Purpose™?
Play Dates with a Purpose™ are regular play
dates transformed into opportunities to get other parents engaged in the effort
to defeat the Minnesota marriage amendment.
I transform my regular play dates into Play Dates with a Purpose™?
You can transform your regular play dates into
Play Dates with a Purpose™ by using these opportunities to spread the word to
other families and friends about why Minnesotans must VOTE NO on the marriage
amendment on November 6, 2012. It’s also a great way to talk to them about
getting engaged – ask them to talk to their friends and family and maybe even
sign them up to volunteer!
Play Dates with a Purpose is Easy!
Who: Friends, Family, Co-Workers, Faith Community, School
Community, Neighbors, soccer team, dance team, chess team.
What: Organize a BBQ, a movie night, a picnic at a park, pool
party, or any kind of time where you would have fun with a group a families.
This can be a really simple potluck or catered event. The point is to have fun
and make sure that people leave knowing the Who, What, When, Where, and Why’s
about the Minnesota marriage amendment and “Adopt-A-Shifts” volunteer
When: Give yourself and your guests enough time to
save-the-date and make plans to be able to attend but not a day more. We don’t
have much time to change the hearts and minds of Minnesotans – every day
Where: The type of event
you are having will dictate the space needed. Spaces that might be a good fit
could be a local park, your place of worship, a community center, a public
library, your backyard, a friend’s house, a restaurant, a local museum, etc.
Why: These play dates will provide a fun space for you to
build community as well as to raise awareness about the constitutional
amendment, how it will impact families across the state, and why it is so
important to make sure it is defeated.
the word to your play date attendees about how the Minnesota marriage amendment
- MN is home to thousands of same-sex couples and their families.
According to the 2010 Census, there are more than 13,700 same-sex couples
living in MN. Of these couples, at least 2,370 are raising approximately 4,740
children in the state.
- On November 6, 2012, Minnesotans will be asked to
amend the MN State Constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples by
defining “marriage” as “a union of one man and one woman.”
- Amending the MN State Constitution is unnecessary
because state law already prohibits marriage between same-sex couples in MN.
- A majority of Minnesotans oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex
marriage. Current polls show that 55% of Minnesotans oppose a state
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, while only 39% favor amending
- Marriage matters to our families for similar reasons that they
matter to other families. LGBT families
work hard to ensure that our children grow up safe, happy, and healthy.
Marriage is a way to demonstrate our love and commitment for one-another and
our children. One of our primary goals as parents is to ensure that our
children feel safe and secure and that they know that their families are
respected, validated and protected.
your play date attendees for family-friendly “Adopt-A-Shifts.”
Throughout the next several months, there will be numerous
volunteer opportunities for those who’d like to get engaged in the fight to
defeat the anti-family marriage amendment.
Family Equality Council will be working with Minnesotans United for All
Families to coordinate “Adopt-A-Shifts” – which are family-friendly environments
that will provide FREE childcare at select phone banks. There will be games,
activities and snacks for kids of all ages so that parents will be free to volunteer
and help educate Minnesotans as to why they need to VOTE NO on the marriage
amendment in November 2012!
Please check our website (www.familyequality.org/minnesota)
frequently to find a list of volunteer opportunities and “Adopt-A-Shifts”
schedules. We will need volunteers to make calls and educate voters about the
real impact of the MN marriage amendment, but we will also need your help to
recruit other potential volunteers, identify supporters, and provide
administrative support. The volunteer opportunities are endless!
Ask the families at
your play date to volunteer with you at “Adopt-A-Shifts.” Then, contact our Midwest
Region Senior Manager Mel Rexroad at 612.516.4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel can help you to
coordinate your chosen “Adopt-A-Shift.”
the word to other parents about how to transform their play dates into Play
Dates with a Purpose™!
Don’t wait – transform your play dates into Play Dates with a Purpose™ TODAY! Now is
the time to engage fully in this campaign so that one day you can tell your
children and your grandchildren that YOUR family helped make the difference for
marriage rights in Minnesota!
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