In 2012, Jewish Community Action members and allies worked tirelessly to defeat the proposed marriage amendment, which would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and forever enshrined discrimination in our state's constitution. Thanks to the largest community organizing effort in our state’s history, Minnesotans defeated the amendment. Together, the JCA community sparked more than 6,836 personal conversations about our values, and saw how we can move our state towards freedom, equality, and inclusion.
In 2013, JCA continued to work with Minnesotans United for All Families, OutFront Minnesota, and our partners in the GLBTQ community to take the next step and grant all loving, committed couples the freedom to marry. JCA worked in particular to bring the Jewish voice to this movement, and helped members and friends of the Jewish community participate in phone banks, door knocks, rallies, house parties, and personal conversations with neighbors about the importance of marriage equality. Thanks to these efforts, and building on the momentum of 2012, Minnesota became the 12th state to pass the freedom to marry, and Governor Dayton signed the bill into law in May 2013, with thousands of Minnesotans and dozens of JCA members watching on at the State Capitol.
In just two years, Minnesota shifted away from fear and injustice, and towards acceptance and equality. At JCA, we are energized by this success, and excited to move forward with the new friends and allies we've made throughout our work on the marriage amendment and freedom to marry.