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Former News Anchor Campaigns Against Marriage Equality

Former News Anchor Campaigns Against Marriage Equality

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A former Minneapolis news anchor has become the face of the campaign for the anti-marriage equality amendment to the Minnesota constitution.

Kalley King Yanta (pictured), who is also a veteran of the anti-abortion rights movement, is anchoring a series of videos for Minnesota for Marriage, a right-wing coalition backing the amendment, which goes before voters in November, The Washington Independent reports. The first "Minnesota Marriage Minute" was released on the group's website last week, and least one new one will be posted each week. There also may be some radio and TV spots.

In an interview last week on the conservative Christian radio show Word of Truth,Yanta said she was moved to participate in the campaign because she believes heterosexual couples are best suited to raise children and because she fears that if same-sex marriage becomes widely accepted, those who oppose it could face serious consequences, including arrest.

"There are studies that are being conducted right now about how children are being raised and how that affects somebody in their psyche and in their self-esteem and in the various ways that that can affect a person being raised by either a man and a man or a woman and a woman," she told host Brad Brandon. "It's not natural."

She also commented, "If marriage between homosexuals is legalized, what would some of the consequences be? Parents who want to opt their kids out of the public school on the day that they're teaching about homosexual relationships, how it should be OK and accepted and everything, and the parents are charged with discrimination and are hauled away sometimes in handcuffs. ... We just can't allow this to happen."

Yanta, who has taped 30 of the videos so far, is a former anchor for Minneapolis TV station KSTP, an ABC affiliate. Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the amendment, noted on Facebook that the first video, opening with visuals of various families before Yanta speaks, "is full of stock images" but "strangely lacking in real Minnesotans. Perhaps they couldn't find any real Minnesotans willing to support their divisive agenda?" Watch the video below.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.