Vote No campaign launching June 20

The campaign to defeat the proposed constitutional amendent banning same-sex marriage will make its debut in coming days.

There’s going to be a fundraiser at Lush, a Nordeast bar, on Monday night. A week later, the Loring PlayhouseTheater is hosting the official kickoff of the campaign asking voters to vote “No” on the proposed amendment. The effort’s been titled Minnesotans United for All Families.

Both events are touting appearances by Gov. Mark Dayton, but we haven’t been able to confirm he’ll be there. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, is listed as a featured speaker at the Loring.

The campaign is being organized by Project 515 and OutFront Minnesota, the two major players in the failed effort to stop the amendment at the Capitol last month.

They’re hoping for a success this time — as evidenced, perhaps, by the organizer for the June 13 event: Cristine Almeida. She was a senior advisor to the successful campaign to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Campaign amendment, and a former chief of staff for DFL Senate majority leader Dean Johnson.

(She’s also on the Project 515 board, and a contract lobbyist for a number of organizations, including MPR.)

UPDATE:Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci confirms that Dayton will speak at June 13 fundraiser. Location has been changed to Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen in Minneapolis.

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